Many Massachusetts individuals might be considering legal separation but have no idea where to start. Divorce can seem like such a complicated and overwhelming process that many people keep putting it off legally far after they’ve decided they’re ready emotionally. If an individual feels that he or she is at the point in his or her marriage where divorce is looking like the best option, a consultation with a family law attorney might be the best way to proceed.
A consultation allows both the potential client and the attorney time to prepare and gather information. The individual can use the time to ask questions and get advice. It also arms individuals with the knowledge they might need to help them decide the best options for moving forward, and it lets them know what they’ll have to do to prepare before officially filing the divorce paperwork.
In turn, a consultation gives the lawyer an opportunity to learn more about the individual’s situation and begin to prepare on the legal end. The attorney will most likely ask questions about assets, debts and income, as well as more personal questions about the relationship itself and whether children are involved. This helps the lawyer analyze the case’s complexities and decide on the best approach for handling the divorce, which, in turn, means he or she will be able to offer more detailed and accurate information on issues like an expected time frame for proceedings (though these answers can vary depending on spousal cooperation during the divorce).
Preparation and accurate information can go a long way towards helping an individual make a knowledgeable and decisive choice about ending his or her marriage. The counsel of an experienced family law attorney can make a lot of difference between proceedings that go smoothly versus a divorce that drags on for months. Any Massachusetts individual who is considering legal separation might want to start by contacting a divorce attorney for a consultation.
Source: WOTV4women.com, “Thinking divorce? The benefits of having a legal consultation“, Gail Saukas, Dec. 21, 2016