Throughout my time practicing law I have encountered a number of people that were very confused not only regarding the legal procedure, but their own needs, and a lot of people are still wondering, “am I ready for a divorce?” When you are contemplating pursuing any legal action, especially a divorce, you have to be ready both mentally and emotionally. Before initiating a divorce please consider the top four questions I ask all clients:
- Is my marriage over, or do I want to try to work things out? This is very important, you must have made the determination that a divorce is in your best interest and is exactly what you would like to pursue.
- Do I have the time to pursue a divorce on my own? If you do not believe that you can handle pursuing your divorce on your own then you should contact an attorney. Obtaining a divorce can be very complex and filled with lots of paperwork, sometimes the time can accumulate quickly, so please consider all steps involved in a divorce.
- Will I be able to afford an attorney? Divorces can be very expensive there is no way around that, but you have to evaluate your financial situation to determine if hiring an attorney is possible.
- What do I want out of the divorce? I always advise clients to make a list of their top goals they want accomplished when pursuing a divorce. This will make working with your attorney, or representing yourself much more time efficient.
I ask these questions to every potential client I speak with. The questions help determine the mental and emotional state of each potential client and where they want the case to progress. If you are unsure about your options regarding your divorce/child custody/legal separation proceeding and would like to schedule a consultation, please contact a Hart Legal office.