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.
Feedback from Clients"This month celebrates the anniversary of my divorce. I am a person with many blessings, not least of which has to do with my financial autonomy. I didn't realize how important a champion you were with me during the process of developing the property settlement and I now realize that you protected me again and again during the process. I own outright my own home, my car, and have sufficient retirement savings for when I decide to retire. I do hope you are continuing to pursue the collaborative divorce model. While it is not perfect, it certainly educated me and made the whole ordeal transparent and rational. What a difference it made to have you as my advocate." -- L.C.