There are so many ways you will need to prepare for your impending divorce. Preparing for it emotionally is never easy. Preparing for it financially is incredibly important and can be challenging. If you are the financially dependent spouse, you might not have access to the assets or bank accounts. If you are the primary bread-winner and the spouse who does the bills, you see the impossibility of creating two separate financial households when you are barely able to pay all the bills of one household.
There are many direct expenses when you divorce. Attorneys' fees are what most people view as the top cost. When you think about it, that is rarely true.
Sometimes you can. Sometimes, you can't. How is that for what appears to be a BS answer? It is, however, a reality.
Most divorce attorneys will shy away from any question of the ultimate cost of legal services. Retainers vary widely by attorney. Hourly rates vary, as well. Some divorce attorneys will start with a low retainer, but you may have to keep re-paying a new retainer monthly, as the end cost could be quire high.
So, you found your divorce attorney, and you and the attorney are now working together. Perhaps it is purely for advice. Perhaps you are drafting a separation agreement. Maybe you are engaged in hard-nosed litigation.
I always ask my clients how they found my firm. Most clients are referred by other clients. Increasingly, clients find me with an Internet search. I would say that Google remains the number one way clients find me. There are more specialized websites, such as Findlaw.com and Avvo.com.
Giving or getting a pass in a marriage in an interesting concept.
Preparing for divorce is one of the most serious things you will ever do. The questions are endless. I will delve into the various questions that may be on your mind, and then, in subsequent blog posts, I will address each one individually.