If you and your spouse have made the difficult decision to dissolve your marriage, you may be experiencing a litany of emotions. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your divorce, you and your former spouse probably have different divorce lawyers who are committed to representing you. You should be informed about what to expect in your first meeting with your Colorado divorce lawyer who will be working on your behalf during this difficult time in your life.
Once you have chosen your divorce attorney and you set up your initial consultation with them, they will need to compile some basic information about you, your former spouse and your divorce. This basic information includes your cell phone number, your home address, your employer and the same pieces of information about your estranged spouse. Your attorney needs to know how to contact you during the upcoming proceedings and will need basic information to compile even more needed information about your case going forward.
A large part of the divorce process revolves around the division of assets. Your attorney will spend a great deal of time asking you about any bank accounts that your name is on, any retirement accounts you have through your employer and any life insurance policies that you have. Again, they will also ask about the accounts that your spouse has at his or her disposal. If you aren’t sure about your spouse’s accounts, that’s ok. Your attorney will know how to gather that information if you aren’t able to disclose it.
The ugly truth
In some cases, the reason that you are getting a divorce may have an impact on the final divorce ruling that the court will hand down. Your attorney will ask you why you’re ending your marriage in your first meeting. This can be a difficult part of the discussion, but he or she needs to know the details of the end of your marriage in order to better represent you. It is important to be honest so your attorney isn’t surprised by any undisclosed facts in court.
The attorney that you selected is your biggest ally during your divorce process. He or she might be able to ensure that you get everything you are entitled to and are prepared for the next phase of your life.