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How To Prepare For A Divorce Consultation

 The initial consultation with a family law attorney should provide you with vital information about the divorce process, a briefing on the applicable laws, and advise you about your rights and potential obligations.  If you are unsure of how to prepare for a consultation with a divorce attorney, consider the following suggestions: 

  1. If the law office does not have an official intake process for potential clients, ask the firm’s support staff if an initial questionnaire is available to provide your relevant information to the attorney, along with important facts of the case.
  2. Prepare a list of your most important questions. Be specific with what you want to know in order to us the time wisely. Understand that not all questions can be answered during the consultation and may require further research.
  3. Familiarize yourself with your marital finances and if possible, bring a recent personal and/or business tax return, W-2 and recent pay stub with you.  Prepare and bring with you a list of the marital assets and debts.
  4. Be honest and open in your communication with the attorney. Keep an open mind and be realistic. The consultation is a place to learn what may lie ahead during your divorce, even if it is hard to hear.  

At the conclusion of the consultation, a top family law attorney will leave you feeling better informed, if not comforted and equipped with solid information to decide your next step.  

About DeTorres and DeGeorge Family Law

DeTorres and DeGeorge Family Law is a New Jersey based family law firm that has been helping New Jersey residents achieve the best possible results in their divorce for nearly 30 years. The DeTorres and DeGeorge Family Law team is always ready to fight for their clients’ rights – determined to help New Jersey families overcome legal challenges from start to finish. Our legal team, with over 65 years of combined experience, provides expert guidance on all family law and divorce-related matters, including custody and parenting time, alimony and child support, equitable distribution of assets, premarital agreements, post-divorce issues, executive compensation distribution, divorces for business owners, and divorce mediation. The firm has been recognized for its dedication and expertise in the industry by multiple local and national organizations, including Super Lawyers, Law Firm 500, and the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys. Rosanne DeTorres, Managing Partner, is one of 150 lawyers certified as a matrimonial law attorney.

Erin D. DeGeorge
Erin D. DeGeorge joined DeTorres & DeGeorge, LLC as partner to the firm in June of 2010. Prior to joining DeTorres & DeGeorge, Erin was associated with the national firm of Fox Rothschild LLP and Cutler, Simeone, Townsend, Tomaio & Newmark, LLC...
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