At What Point Should You Consult with a Divorce Attorney?
Divorce rarely happens out of the blue. Generally speaking, significant problems in a relationship will arise and continue for months or even years prior to one or both parties deciding to seek a divorce. Many people make the mistake of waiting to speak with a lawyer until they or their spouse have already filed for divorce, only to find that they have already done things that may have a negative effect on the way that their divorce is ultimately resolved.
Generally speaking, it is never too early to speak to a divorce attorney, and it is better to speak to a lawyer sooner rather than later. It is important to keep in mind that simply meeting with a lawyer to discuss your situation does not commit you to any course of action.
Talking to a Lawyer Can Help You Protect Your Rights Moving Forward
The main reason for speaking to an attorney as soon as you recognize that your marriage may be in trouble is that it can help protect your rights should you ultimately decide to get a divorce. The way that you conduct yourself in the period leading up to a divorce can have an effect on the way that your property is divided between you and your spouse, your child custody arrangement, whether or not you receive maintenance (alimony), and more.
For example, if your spouse is abusing drugs or alcohol, it may be relevant to the way that a court ultimately determines the way you and your spouse will share custody of any children that you have. For this reason, your attorney may advise you to make notes about the frequency with which he or she gets drunk or high in order to have evidence of the issue should it become contested at a later date.
What can You Expect when You Meet with a Divorce Lawyer?
If you are like many people who are having problems in your marriage, speaking to a divorce lawyer is a step that you may be hesitant to take because it makes the possibility of divorce seem that much more “real.” In addition, you may be nervous about opening up about your personal life to a stranger. Remember, divorce lawyers are professionals and speak with people having marital problems on a daily basis. Here are some of the things you may discuss in your first meeting with an attorney:
- The state of your marriage
- Your financial situation
- Your educational and employment background
- Your relationship with your children
- Whether any marital misconduct has occurred
Call Razai & Nefulda Today to Speak with an Orange County Divorce Lawyer
If you are considering divorce or anticipate that your spouse will be filing soon, you should speak to an attorney immediately. To schedule a free consultation with one of our Orange County divorce attorneys, call Razai & Nefulda, APC today at 714-663-9900 or send us an email.