When you decide to get a divorce, the first legal step you should take is to hire a divorce lawyer. This is not to suggest that it is impossible to successfully represent yourself in Court. People do it all the time. But the odds that you might unintentionally place yourself at a disadvantage and find yourself in a more costly situation are significantly higher than if you had someone in your corner who is trained to know every nuance of family law and ensure your rights are protected.
Hearing this, your reaction might be to let your lawyer take the wheel on everything. They are trained to handle what you cannot — so it seems logical to get out of the way and let them work. But there are ways you can make the divorce process easier for your lawyer.
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Do some heavy lifting
When a client does not know all the facts, a divorce lawyer has to spend more time and money uncovering this information. To do the heavy lifting, find out from your lawyer what you need to prove in Court, how you prove your case, what evidence you need, where the evidence can be found, and how to get the evidence. Then go do it.
Keep great records
To piggyback off the first tip, it would be very beneficial to provide your divorce lawyer with a timeline of the events that led up to the circumstances that caused you to choose divorce and make an appointment to see a lawyer. This timeline could be gathered through calendar entries, emails, phone records, text messages, photographs, social media posts, and other sources of information and is an effective way for lawyers to quickly and inexpensively educate themselves about the case.
Keep your emotions in check
Be courteous to the judge, attorney, the opposing counsel, and even the opposing party in the case. If you are asked to speak, always stick to the facts rather than pointing fingers, using hateful language, or undermining anyone in any way. With any family law case, it is easy to lose control of your emotions. But actions like these can paint you in an unfavorable light in the judge’s eyes and could impact how they rule on matters related to child custody.
Be honest with your divorce lawyer
Divorce lawyers rely on what their clients tell them. When a client is not honest, the client can quickly become the biggest obstacle to efficiency and economy. To help you avoid this pitfall, ask yourself why you may lose your case. What your biggest concern is, and what your spouse may say about the challenges in your marriage.
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If divorce is the answer, you need an advisor to guide you through each stage. Someone who can help you deal with the fears that naturally come with that. We work diligently to achieve a result that ensures you receive what you are entitled to. As you move forward onto the next stage of your life. The Nelson Law Group brings nearly two decades of family law experience to every case.
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