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Importance of asking questions during divorce

During the initial consultation with their attorneys, people going through a divorce need to ask the right questions to understand what they could face when they meet with their spouses or go to court. Many of the questions they need to ask relate to spousal support and child custody and support laws in their state. Knowing what they need to do and how judges in their state handle divorce can help people in Connecticut and other states have an idea of how they need to proceed, especially during a high asset divorce.

An attorney can help people going through a divorce better understand how much they will need to pay in lawyer, court and other fees to through a divorce. The attorney can also give them more information about how different assets, such as marital property, retirement plans and pensions are divided and what processes courts use to get parents to work toward a child sharing plan.

After the initial consultation with their lawyers, people going through a divorce can start gathering documents, such as tax returns and information, bank statements, employment records and retirement account statements, all of which could be necessary in making property division or spousal support decisions. If custody or visitation are potential issues, parents may wish to start keeping journals documenting any information that may be helpful for a court to make a determination.

After the initial consultation with their lawyers, clients often have a better sense of the types of records and evidence they need to gather. An attorney with experience in family law may be able to provide assistance in reaching negotiated agreements..

Source: The Huffington Post, "Divorce Confidential: Asking the Right Questions in a Divorce", Caroline Choi, December 04, 2013

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