- Family Law Overview
- Division of Assets
- Child Custody
- Child Support
- Divorce Modifications
If you are considering ending your marriage or have already decided that you want to file for a divorce, the first step you should take is consulting with a Rhode Island divorce attorney. The divorce process can be a complex – and emotional – one, so having a skilled attorney advocating for your best interest and protecting your rights is key.
At Kirshenbaum Law Associates, when a potential client contacts us about filing for divorce, we will set up an informational conference where the potential client and attorney meet. This meeting is a good way to determine how comfortable you feel with the attorney and how well he or she is able to answer any questions you may have.
The attorney will want to know basic information, such as your age, employment status, and health of both you and your spouse, as well as information about your children. He or she will also ask some background questions about why you are considering or have decided to end your marriage. Also discussed is the general financial position and what outcome you want to come out at the conclusion of the divorce.
There is no need to bring any documents to this meeting. The attorney may make suggestions as to timing and protection from physical or financial abuse. It can be easier to write down all the information you feel is pertinent to your case before your appointment to ensure you don’t accidentally omit anything during your meeting. It is also helpful to bring a list of questions you may have to the meeting.
Once you have decided to retain the attorney, we will schedule an initial consultation. At this meeting, your attorney will want more relevant personal and financial information.
The attorney will ask questions about the family home and any other real estate you and/or your spouse own, financial accounts, debts, pensions, business interests, and other financial information. The more information you can provide, the quicker your attorney can begin working on your case.
List of Assets and Debts
Having a complete picture of a couple’s financial situation is crucial when it comes to negotiating the divorce settlement. Rhode Island family courts require that each spouse files a Statement of Assets Liabilities Income Expenses. This document lists all of the assets and debts, whether marital or separate, each spouse has. Before your initial consultation, gather all of your documents and statements that will support what these assets and debts are, including:
Other Relevant Information
If the divorce is not a “friendly” one and you anticipate problems over child custody, division of assets, or any other issues, the more evidence you can provide your attorney, the stronger your case will be. Some of this evidence can include:
It can also be helpful to bring a list of questions that you have for the attorney to this appointment, too. This way, you can go through each one on the list, instead of trying to remember all of them during your meeting.
Call Our Family Law Firm for Help
If you are considering or have made the decision to divorce, call Kirshenbaum Law Associates at 401-467-5300 to schedule a confidential consultation with one of our skilled Rhode Island divorce attorneys. We also offer phone and Zoom consultations and appointments.
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