This morning I read an Article by an attorney who practices in Arizona and California titled "Five Important Steps to Consider in Advance of Filing for Divorce." In her article, attorney Marlene Pontrelli points out five things anyone considering filing for a divorce can do to prepare themselves for the proceedings. I thought the article made some excellent points, so I'd like to share it with all of you: Read the Article Here
In addition to Ms. Pontrelli's tips, I would add that families with children should try to consider what type of parenting arrangement would work best for the family. For example, which parent will make the significant decisions regarding the children's health, education, extracurricular activities, and religious upbringing? Will both parents make these decisions together? What kind of parenting time will each parent have? If you're in a position where you and your spouse can discuss these issues amicably, talk about it to see if you're on the same page. If you and your spouse are not amicable, simply consider what your ideal parenting arrangement would be and discuss it with an attorney to see what, if any, other options you may have.
Also, I agree with Ms. Pontrelli that you should "choose an attorney who understands your goals and priorities." Most attorneys will agree to meet with you for a consultation prior to hiring them. Some attorneys charge a small fee for their consultations, while others will give you a small amount of their time for free. Whether you're paying for the consultation or not, this is your chance to ask the attorney any questions you may have and see how that particular attorney or office can help you with your case. Make the most of your time with the attorney. Prepare a list of questions in advance of your meeting so you can make an informed decision regarding who you ultimately hire.
At Holwell Law Group, LLC, we offer free half-hour consultations. If you're considering filing for divorce, feel free to contact us at 312-648-6155 to see how we can help you.