Interviewing a Divorce Lawyer may not be on your Top Ten Things To Do list. But, if you are reading this perhaps that is where you may be soon.
A Divorce Lawyer can inform you about the process and many generalities about divorces. In order to provide you with specific advice, the lawyer needs to know the facts of the case. The facts of your married life, your work history, your parenting history and your lifestyle are important in determining the outcome of your case.
The lawyer can spend a lot of billable time asking questions documenting the story of your marriage. I believe that a better process exists. This process saves on lawyer's fees and is usually a superior method to develop the facts.
I suggest that a client prepares a written narrative for the divorce lawyer on a computer. The narrative should include, but not be limited to how you met, work histories, information about children (who stayed home and for how long; who cared for the children; what was each person's involvement in parenting; who went to doctor visits and children activities, etc.), the lifestyle during the entire marriage (vacations, going out, who upgraded the house, sweat equity of each party, etc.), each parties spending habit and how the finances were handled. The narrative should also include the issues that led to the break-up, any counseling or other attempts to reconcile. I tell clients that after they complete the narrative (and place it where the spouse cannot access it), let 24 hours elapse and reread it. I guarantee that you will remember more information and fill in more details. Put everything in that you want the lawyer to know and include the things that you think your spouse will bring up or accuse you of doing.
When you provide this to your divorce lawyer, this document should be all-encompassing so that the lawyer can use your facts in all aspects of the representation.