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Meeting With Your Attorney: How can I prepare for my first meeting with a divorce lawyer?

Los Angeles, CA family law attorney Joanne Ratinoff talks about how one can prepare for their first meeting with a divorce lawyer.

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How can one prepare for their meeting with me for the first time would be certainly have your relevant dates like if I ask you when did you get married, it would help if you knew? And I have people who forget the date that they got married. Most people do remember but there are some people who don’t remember. So have your dates, when did you get married, when did you get separated? If you don’t understand what the date of separation is, let’s talk about that and tell me did you move out, did the other side move out? Did you have a discussion where one of you said, I’m done. Those things.

How many children do you have? What are their birthdates? Do any of your children have special needs and if so, what are they? Do you own property? Do you know what its worth? If you don’t, that’s okay but I would like to know some idea of the length of the marriage, what you own, what you earn, what your spouse earns or if your spouse has been employed for a long time. Let’s talk about the children.

I also want to know, this is very important, how you want to approach your divorce. I mean some people they just want to come on strong and some people want a very different approach. And I take my directive, certainly initially, from the client and there’s no reason necessarily to come on gangbusters right at the outset. If you need to put on pressure and get more aggressive later on, that’s a different story. But I want to hear from my client how he or she wants to approach their divorce and your relationship with your former spouse and your children.

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