Establishing a very good partnership with your divorce attorney is critical as it has an enormous impact on the process, outcome and cost of your divorce. Take time to carefully pick the best attorney for you. Here are some do's and don'ts to get you headed down the best path.
1) Before going to see any divorce lawyer, give some thought to your expectations and how you would like your divorce to proceed. Are going into your divorce interested in fighting and being adversarial during the process or do you wish to have a more amicable experience? Do you want to be equitable and reasonable or do you want your spouse to "pay"? Give some thought to your future; what you want and where you see yourself at various intervals down the road.
2) Contact a couple of family law attorneys and ask some questions. After your initial conversation with a lawyer, you should be able to answer these questions:
Does this lawyer listen to me when I talk?
Is the lawyer interested in what my goals are or only in his or her own goals?
Do I match a similar profile of this lawyer's clientele?
Do I prefer to work with a female or male attorney or does it matter?
Is this lawyer considerate of my budget to cover legal costs and is willing to help me stay focused on my priorities so I do not incur unnecessary fees?
Does this lawyer understand the value of working collaboratively and cooperatively with my CDFA™ and other professional advisors needed in order to best serve my needs?
To read #3-10, please visit: thecarmelvalleylife.com/working-with-divorce-lawyer/
Make sure you stay involved in the process if you want to ensure that your divorce settlement reflects your goals, is financially equitable, gets completed in a reasonable time frame and does not break your wallet. The same applies when working with your CDFA.
Karen helps attorneys; mediators, individuals and couples, navigate through the financial morass of divorce and widowhood. Her expertise lies in understanding the special tax and financial issues that can plague divorce and she helps clients get their financial fair share and equitable settlements. She provides financial analysis, projections and solutions so clients can avoid long-term regret over decisions made early on in divorce and widowhood. Karen offers a range of financial, investment and insurance services that address clients' complete financial picture and long-term needs before, during and after marriage. She is currently writing a book entitled, "To Have and To Hold Onto Your Financial Fair Share: Financial Decision Making When Marriage Ends in Divorce or Death."
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