Consultation With a Matrimonial Attorney
July 1, 2019
BY: Jackie Nemetz, Paralegal
By Jackie Nemetz, Paralegal
The thought of having to consult with a matrimonial attorney relative to a divorce might seem intimidating, but rest assured, matrimonial attorneys have the experience to understand what you are going through and will guide you through the process. Knowing what to expect during an initial consultation is the first step in relieving any anxieties you may have.
When placing your initial calls to prospective attorneys, know that everything you say, including your name, is kept strictly confidential. In most instances, you will first speak to a legal assistant or paralegal who will gather some background information including the name of your spouse or significant other. This information is crucial, as a confidential conflict check must be done prior to scheduling any appointment.
At this point, take a breath, you have taken the first step in the divorce process.
When preparing for your initial consultation, there is nothing you must bring. However, it may be helpful to bring recent tax returns, paystubs or bank statements you have handy.
During the consultation, the attorney will make inquiry into the background of your relationship, what has brought you to this point as well as what concerns and questions you have. For some people, this can be very emotional. Most matrimonial attorneys are very sympathetic, so do not be embarrassed to show your emotions. The divorce process will be fully explained, including custody of minor children, division of assets, alimony and support and related attorney fees and costs.
Once your prospective attorney has gathered enough information, he or she will advise you on the issues you have discussed. Again, matrimonial attorneys understand that this can be a difficult process, so ask questions. Attorneys are there to alleviate some of the anxiety of the divorce process by painting a picture of what can be expected.
If and when you decide to move forward with hiring a matrimonial attorney, you should always be provided with a retainer agreement. Keep an eye out for our future blog posts, which will detail retainer agreement requirements in a matrimonial matter.
At Lesnevich, Marzano-Lesnevich, O’Cathain & O’Cathain, LLC, our New Jersey family attorneys are here to help.