It’s important to get legal advice in the period between the decision to separate and the actual separation. Lots of mistakes are made by relying on the experiences of friends and relatives who may consider themselves experts on divorce. Every situation is unique and must be addressed on its own set of facts. Find a lawyer who is experienced and expect to pay for an hour consultation. The “free” initial appointment some lawyers advertise usually is limited to 10-15 minutes and is certainly not sufficient to understand the specifics of your situation. Most experienced divorce lawyers do not offer a free consultation as they know how important it is to make the first appointment count.
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