The relationship you have with your divorce lawyer is in many ways the same as you would have with a co-worker or customer and good communication practices help ensure a positive outcome for your case.
Here are some tips to help you communicate effectively with your divorce attorney:
Keep and Provide Good Records – you will need to furnish your divorce lawyer with all your financial information, including assets, debts, income and liabilities. It will be necessary to maintain good financial records – income tax returns, investment account statements, paycheck stubs, bank account statements, retirement account statements, etc. – and provide these in a timely fashion.
Record Your Marital History – your divorce attorney will probably ask you for detailed information on the marriage and may also request that you keep a diary of events during the divorce process. If children are involved and child custody is an issue, it will also be important to provide a parenting history for both you and your spouse. Strive to keep it as objective as possible.
Be Responsive and Available – most of the communication from your divorce lawyer will be in written form. Be sure you respond as quickly as possible for requests for more information, records or whatever is needed to help your case. Let your attorney know what is the best way to reach you, and if you go on vacation or leave for any other reason, let your attorney know that as well.
Participate in Your Case – by being an active participant in your own case and following your attorney’s advice, you better the chances that you will get the outcome you desire.