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Frequently Asked Questions

 

Do you charge for our first meeting?

No!  I would love to meet you and offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case and how my office can assist you.  This allows you to interview me and make sure I am the right attorney for you.

What questions should I ask my divorce lawyer?

Anything you want!!  I appreciate when a prospective client brings a list of questions to our initial meeting.  Try to create questions based on the issues in which you have the most concern.  Then we can gear our meeting to your individual needs.  During the course of my representation, I recommend you keep your question-list going and we will discuss those questions as well.  Don’t worry if you don’t have a list of questions, it is common not to know what to ask.  My job is to teach you about this process so you can make educated decisions for your family.  During this time, you will think of questions we will tackle together.

How long does the divorce process take? 

Unfortunately, there is not an easy answer to this question.  If pressed, I would say on average, it takes about 6 months.  This depends on the issues in your case and the level of conflict.  Our goal is to make the process go as smoothly, and cost-efficiently, as possible given the needs of your family. 

Will I have to go to court?

I think the real question is, “will I have to go to trial?”  Going to court is not necessarily a stressful event.  In fact, the first court appearance, called an Initial Status Conference, introduces you to the court process in a professional, non-adversarial, manner.  The Judge then monitors our progress to make sure the parties are doing the work necessary to finalize your case.  No problem! 

If you have to go to trial in your case, admittedly, it can be a stressful event.  Long before you make the decision to proceed to trial, we will decide together whether a trial is in your family’s best interests.  On average, 80-85% of all cases settle prior to a trial.