What to Expect During a Family Law Consultation

When it comes to the law, just about everything can be taken personally. They set the rules for how we interact with each other as a society, but when it comes to family, your issues are more than just statutes in legislation. When clients come to our office, they’re often experiencing one of the most difficult times in their lives, but you should remember that you’re not alone. If you’re looking for a lawyer that practices family law, there are some basic things that you should look for and expect in experienced legal professionals.

Why Do I Need A Lawyer For Family Issues?

A lawyer is necessary for family matters because we have the training and expertise to help you resolve issues like divorce, custody, alimony, prenuptial agreements, and more. When a dispute is so close to your heart, it’s hard not to be emotional, so a lawyer can act as a neutral barrier between you and a current family member or soon-to-be former spouse. 

Important Questions to Ask

Depending on the complexity of your case, you may have a lot of questions for your lawyer. Whatever questions you have, your lawyer should be able to answer them thoughtfully and with tact, or be straightforward and blunt when necessary. You should be wary of anyone that makes promises they may not be able to keep. An effective lawyer is honest about potential outcomes, even if you do not wish to hear it. 

Before your consultation, try to make a list of questions to ask so that you can get the most out of your time. What is the law or statute regarding your issue? What are their policies when it comes to communications? What might their strategy entail? How do they generally go about practicing law? What is their fee structure? Will there be additional costs? 

 At the end of the consultation, you should feel comfortable with the attorney, even if you don’t like what they have told you about the potential outcome. If you don’t feel comfortable with the attorney and their approach, this may not be the attorney for you.

What Documentation Should I Bring?

The type of documentation you need will depend on the reason you’re coming in for a consultation. Regardless of the type of case, there are some basic recommendations that should help get the ball rolling. Generally speaking, you should bring the following documents to your family law consultation:

  • Financial documents: If your case is financial in nature (divorce, child support, alimony), you may wish to bring financial documents to show the attorney. These may include mortgage statement, pay stubs, tax return, child care receipt,  retirement/pension statements, etc.
  • Documentation that includes important dates: Aside from a marriage license, you may also bring handwritten notes, text messages, or recordings that relate to the case that can paint a clear picture for your lawyer. Including a list of important dates such as birthdays, separation dates, or timelines will also be helpful.
  • Court documents: Of course, any legal documents like court orders, or protection orders should also be included in the documentation you bring to your consultation.

Whatever you need from legal counsel for family law matters, above all else, you should seek someone who is not only experienced but someone who can empathize with your situation and treat you as a human being instead of a case file. If you are in need of guidance for issues involving family law, contact our firm for a consultation today.

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Heather Bryan Law, P.A.

Our firm has experience defending Floridians against all sorts of criminal charges. Additionally, we are well-equipped to handle emotionally charged family law matters and devastating personal injury cases.

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