Questions to Ask When Consulting a Bellevue Family Law Attorney
Divorce is usually painful for every family member, although those who seem to suffer most are the children of divorcing parents.
With this reality in mind, it is important to keep all children, no matter their ages, out of the details. This cannot be stressed enough, no matter how “mature” or “adult” the divorcing couple believes their children to be, nor their ages at the time of their parents’ divorce. (One exception applies to this rule, which will be covered in this article.)
We’ll begin by saying that the first action you should take is finding a reputable lawyer who has many years of handling family law divorces within the state where the legal procedures will take place. For example, if the divorce will be decided in the State of Washington, attorneys practicing family law in Washington State will be familiar with family law cases specific to that state.
When selecting an experienced Bellevue family law attorney, look for one who possesses both empathy and compassion, and, too, is willing and able to aggressively represent you when the time comes to go to court.
Next, once you’ve chosen your family law attorney, do your best to gather together all documents relating to your marriage and the children. Leave nothing out that you hesitate over; your attorney can decide which documents are important for presenting your case.
Once you’ve gathered together these documents, such as bank account statements, CDs and other investments, all papers should be kept in one folder. In the case of an adopted child or children, those documents will be equally important.
When you next meet with your attorney, be prepared to hand over all these documents, whether originals, or, sometimes photocopies will be accepted. Let your lawyer lead the conversation; she or he has more experience than you. Have ready a list of questions to ask the lawyer.
If child custody is an issue, a good family law practitioner will likely suggest mediation. Most divorce lawyers are familiar with local experienced mediators who will work with you and your spouse to settle all issues, including child custody through this mediation process. Mediation settlements can save both parents the cost of a very expensive court case.
The best thing you can do is to stay calm and focused. Don’t panic during this stressful process, instead find a reputable family law attorney you can trust. Gather all your documents, meet with your attorney, seriously consider mediation before court, and do not discuss the details with your children.
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