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Divorce attorney consultation does not have to be intimidating

When a person considers getting divorced, there are typically a host of unknowns to be faced -- especially if he or she has not gone through a divorce before. Decisions must be made that will affect the rest of the lives of both spouses and their children. Regardless of whether you choose to proceed with litigation or mediation, an experienced New Jersey divorce attorney will be a valuable member of your support team.

A first consultation with an attorney may seem to be an intimidating prospect, but it will help if you are prepared. Listing all your questions may help you not to lose focus during the consultation, and you should not omit anything as all questions are valid. Your attorney will be able to tell you if any of your concerns or wishes are unrealistic or unreasonable. He or she will want to be fully informed of all your wishes and goals because any matters not resolved between you and your spouse will be left up to the court to decide, and this is when an informed attorney can best protect your interests.

The financial aspects of your divorce will also need to be discussed with your attorney. Copies of financial accounts, mortgage/loan documents, investment and pension statements, and real estate documents will all be required at the consultation. Also, any documentation as proof of your debts and your assets -- showing whose name the assets and debts are in -- will be necessary. This will give your legal counsel a clear picture of the financial situation for decisions related to property division and other important financial decisions.

Being prepared prior to filing for a divorce in New Jersey can be a significant advantage. Litigating a divorce needs careful planning as most of the decisions made at this time will likely determine your post-divorce financial and emotional stability. With the support of a divorce attorney who already has a clear picture of your situation, your divorce may proceed with less trauma than what is commonly associated with such proceedings.

Source: wotv4women.com, "How to prepare for a consultation with an attorney", Gail Saukas, Oct. 12, 2015

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