Now That You Have Hired a Lawyer For Your Case, Let Your Westerville, Ohio Divorce Attorney Help Decide What To Do Next (Part A).

So I have just hired my attorney.

What do I do next?

  1. Ask the importance of a spreadsheet to the attorney. Then bring your spreadsheet of assets and liabilities to the meeting. Set one meeting to just talk about your spreadsheet.
  2. Get off to a good start. Get your pleadings in order and ask your attorney about a full court press on discovery.
  3. Disclose your assets/liabilities to your attorney and to the court. You will be under oath when you fill out your financial affidavit so get off on the right foot. Hiding assets or debts is not a best practices procedure.
  4. Prepare carefully your temporary order requests. Give detailed narratives to your attorney of what you want (temporary custody, child support and payment of debts) and why.
  5. Understand the temporary orders can often stand for the entire length of the case- so take it seriously.
  6. If you own property that was brought into the marriage, or inherited property, tell your attorney. Such property should probably be listed as separate property on your disclosure sheet and not be subject to division. Get your documentation involved.
  7. Hire a private investigator if you have suspicions of drug use or foul play. Talk to your attorney.
  8. Lock up any potential bonus your spouse may be receiving later during the divorce by use of a restraining order (must add the employer as a party).
  9. FUP-it is often a good strategy to outline your case in relation to time. The attorneys can estimate for you how long the various legal steps will take. Get a good idea on how the case will proceed.
  10. Get to work: be concerned about temporary orders and documents; if temporary custody is involved be concerned about getting your story (affidavit) and those of people who interact with you and or your spouse and the kids to offer their story (affidavit). The affidavits will be filed with the court.
  11. Understand too that temporary order requests and or counter affidavits often must be filed 14 DAYS AFTER SERVICE. Usually the court gives you 28 days to answer any lawsuit. Not necessarily TRUE in divorce court-FOR TEMPORARY ORDERS.
  12. Think hard about relocating long before you do so. Relocating creates lots more issues that need to be dealt with and has a serious impact on the case often. Serious increase in attorney fees, too.

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