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Planning for a Colorado divorce consultation

When a spouse fears that divorce is on the horizon, one of the first steps usually taken involves scheduling a consultation with a divorce attorney. While some feel a measure of guilt in seeing an attorney without the knowledge of their partner, such a step is nothing more than savvy planning against an uncertain future. In some cases, the relationship will be repaired, and the advice received in the consultation will not need to be put into play. In others, sitting down with an attorney can make a sizable difference in the bottom line of a Colorado divorce proceeding.

Before the consultation, it is important to prepare in order to get the most benefit out of the experience. One aspect of such preparation is mental. It can be difficult to discuss personal issues with a complete stranger. However, in order to properly advise a potential client, an attorney must be given a great deal of information about the marriage and the reasons for considering divorce.

Another factor involves being able to give the attorney a clear picture of the financial standing of the family as a whole. Issues such as income, assets and shared property should be fully covered, and having documentation of these accounts can make the process a lot easier. It is perfectly acceptable to not have the exact values for real estate holdings or investment accounts, but the more information you are able to provide, the better.

When preparing to meet with an attorney, it is better to over-prepare than to come in without the ability to answer basic questions, especially concerning financial matters. It is also important to bring a list of questions and concerns, and to write down as much information as possible. Not only is an initial consultation a great way for you to learn more about the Colorado divorce process, it also helps the attorney get a feel for your unique situation and how the process might proceed, saving both time and money in the long run.

Source: Huffington Post, "Making The Most Of Your Consultation With A Divorce Lawyer," Lisa M. Gregg, March 14, 2013

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