It won't be an understatement to say that going through a divorce can be traumatizing for both you and your spouse. You have to replay everything that has been said or done countless times in your head to try and come to terms with reality.
It's natural for you to be hesitant with the divorce proceedings as this will be a time when everything that happened between you two during the course of your marriage will come out into the open.
And it's completely okay to feel disconcerted.
However, it's important to discuss the major factors and details that led to your divorce with your attorney so they can truly help you with your case. When you meet up with your family law attorney for your initial strategy session, it's necessary to know what you should ask ahead of time.
Every second is crucial, which is why you need to go in prepared. Everything else that will follow will be based on what you've established in this session.
What Are the Options?
One of the main questions to ask a family law attorney during your divorce strategy session is to find out what your options are going forward. Since you've already had your consultation and you've provided them with the necessary documents, you can expect the attorney to provide you with a rough idea about where you're headed in the divorce procedures.
If you're looking to reach a settlement and keep your divorce out of the courtroom, then you should voice your concerns so that your attorney can devise the right plan of action for you. Make sure your attorney understands how you feel about the situation and things you want to avoid from the very beginning.
A Rough Timeline of Your Divorce Procedures
Each case is different. There's no way of knowing definitively how long it will take for you to get through the process because things you didn't foresee may come up and make the situation a lot more complex.
However, during your strategy session, you can expect to get a rough estimate of how long your attorney thinks the litigation may take based on the specific facts of your case. This will allow you to prepare yourself mentally and take care of other responsibilities as well.
Child Custody and Marital Assets
If there are children involved and you're not on friendly terms with your spouse to work out a suitable co-parenting plan, then you need to bring up the issue of child custody in the strategy session.
Ask your attorney about the important factors that you'll need to keep into consideration and what your chances are of gaining primary or joint custody of your child, if that is your goal. You should know that issues related to child custody can complicate and prolong the whole process, so you need to figure out a strategy with your attorney to minimize conflict as much as possible while staying in a superior position.
Then there's the case of splitting marital assets. In Georgia, the divorce laws stipulate that joint marital assets will be allocated equitably to each spouse. So, you need to go over your ownership rights and the legal framework for the division of marital assets with your attorney.
We're Here to Help
We're a law firm in Atlanta and we focus on high asset divorce and high conflict child custody cases. We pride ourselves on planning the best legal strategy to win your case and keep your goals front and center along the way. If you're going through a divorce and want an attorney to take the legal problem off your hands, contact us at (404) 963-9452 to schedule a consultation.