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What to expect during an initial divorce consultation

Spouses in Texas considering a divorce are sometimes apprehensive before taking the step of contacting a family law attorney to discuss their options, but knowing what to expect can make the process a great deal easier for them. During an initial divorce consultation, an attorney may ask questions to better understand the situation. They will explain the steps involved in pursuing a divorce and how long these steps will likely take to complete. They will also go over the various options available to divorcing spouses.

Attorneys will usually do little talking in the early stages of an initial consultation. They may instead listen to what their prospective client has to say and ask questions to get a fuller understanding of their circumstances. Attorneys could then go over the various alternatives to a traditional divorce, such as collaborative law and mediation. The timeframes and procedures involved in following these various strategies should also be covered.

Once an attorney has gone over the various options, they will likely gather information about the assets and incomes of the spouses as well as the number and ages of any children the couple has. Spouses considering divorce should bring as much information as possible with them to their initial consultation. This information could include details about bank accounts and retirement plans as well as the specifics of any prenuptial or postnuptial agreements.

The initial consultation is important because a family law attorney and their client should be in agreement about the strategy that will be pursued. Some spouses come into initial divorce consultations with unrealistic expectations, and attorneys should be frank about what can realistically be expected in order to avoid protracted conflicts. An attorney may also urge prospective clients to work toward a settlement to avoid the high costs and uncertain outcomes of court proceedings.

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