Give Your Divorce Attorney the Tools They Need to Get the Result You Want
When you hire an experienced Long Island divorce lawyer, you expect that they’ll be able to handle your case without issue. In most cases this is true, but they can only work with the information and tools you provide them about your specific case. Even the most skilled family law attorneys need a few things to work with to get you the best possible result you need and deserve.
Here are some tools you can give your attorney to help you get the results you want out of your divorce case.
Be Completely Honest with Your Divorce Attorney
Your divorce lawyer’s job is to work in your best interests. Even if you’ve done something you feel has gone too far, your Long Island divorce attorney is there to help you. It matters less to them if you’ve done something “wrong” and more to them about how to get it handled effectively. However, they may struggle in doing so if they don’t have all the information. Never withhold information from your attorney.
Being honest with your divorce lawyer is of the utmost importance, even if it’s about information that makes you look less-than-great. Your attorney won’t judge you; they will be thankful that they have the information before it’s sprung on them by opposing counsel in court or other negotiations. If they have all the information, your divorce lawyer can look for ways to work around potential issues to give your case the best chance of success.
Be Thorough in Your Documentation
When it comes to divorce cases, a lot of “evidence” is one person’s word against the other. Courts can’t necessarily use this information to make a decision, especially one that would impact the physical and psychological wellbeing of children who may be involved, or equitably distributing assets.
One of the most valuable things you can provide your New York divorce lawyer with is documentation. This includes everything from emails, voicemails, and text messages, to your own personal journal entries, bank account statements, property deeds, and more. Essentially, if there’s a document that exists that is related to your marriage in any way, see if you can get a copy of it to your attorney.
Even if you don’t fully understand how your lawyer can or will use these documents, the more information your attorney has, the better they can develop an effective divorce strategy.
Be Patient; Divorce is a Process
Rome wasn’t built in a day and your divorce won’t be resolved in one either. Although you may be chomping at the bit to get the dissolution of your marriage over and done with so you can move forward with the rest of your life, detangling your life from your ex-spouse’s takes time. Your divorce attorney needs your patience and faith in their skill to get the job done to the best of their ability.
This is especially true if the dissolution of your marriage involves property division or child custody and visitation. Custody issues are among some of the most contentious in New York family law, and resolving them can take months or more if your ex-spouse isn’t cooperative.
Be Prepared with Your Questions
If you’re just considering the idea of getting a divorce or are beginning the process, you likely have a lot of questions. However, your consultation time is limited unless you want to pay hourly for your attorney’s time and risk blowing your divorce budget.
Bring a list of questions with you that you’d like to ask your lawyer, with the most important questions being listed first. You can also bring a pen and paper to jot down answers to these questions. You may think you already know what to ask and can wing it, but you may feel differently when you’re actually sitting across a conference room table from your Long Island divorce attorney.
Have your questions ready to go to make the most of your consultation time. After you have hired your attorney, resist the temptation to call them every time you think of something. Undoubtedly, you will have another question shortly after you hang up the phone from your first call, and so on and so on. You will be better served to wait until you have a number of questions ready before making the call or, better yet, sending an email. This will make the best, most efficient use of your, and your attorney’s time (and your budget).
Contact Experienced Long Island Divorce Law Firm Hornberger Verbitsky, P.C. Now
At Hornberger Verbitsky, P.C., we understand the challenges of facing a divorce on Long Island. The idea of hiring an attorney and going through the process of ending your marriage can be terrifying. Fortunately, our experienced New York divorce lawyers are here to help and have the skills and experience needed to go to bat for you in family court.
Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation by calling 631-923-1910. Or fill out the short form on this page. Our legal team is available now to answer your questions and assist you with your divorce case.
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