On the heels of our New Years Resolution Divorce post, I thought it made sense to also resurrect our prior posts on preparing for the divorce process and how to select a divorce attorney.
Previously, Sandra Fava, a contributor to this blog, did a piece on preparing for the initial divorce consultation with a lawyer. We also previously posted South Carolina matrimonial attorney, Mellisa Brown's article entitled "How to Find the Right Divorce Attorney for You."
The process, however, starts even before that. On our web site, we have an advice piece entitled Preparing for the Divorce Process.
Since it is linked to this post, I will not repeat everything contained in the piece. However, the topics contained in that piece are as follows:
- Speak to an attorney now, not later
- Selecting the right attorney (including how to get referrals for an attorney)
- Gathering documentation
- Preparing for the initial meeting
- Telling the truth
- Keeping a diary; and
- Trusting your attorney for legal advice (as opposed to friends, family members, co-workers, etc.)
Do I stay or do I go? This is not an easy question to answer. However, if you are even contemplating a divorce, divorce planning (and not in the nefarious way that often goes with this phrase) is essential, especially in difficult economic times. Divorce can be a long, highly charged, expensive process - emotionally and economically. Being prepared and keeping perspective, at least as much as humanly possible, can help you save time and legal fees while protecting your and your children's interests.