If a spouse in Rhode Island wants to file for divorce, the first meeting with their attorney can be incredibly important. The individual filing for divorce may have a lot on their mind emotionally, and it can be difficult to talk about the reasons why their marriage has failed. However, it is important that the attorney has all of the information he or she needs to represent your interests.
First of all, keep in mind that, prior to that first meeting, your attorney may not know you or your spouse personally. Not only do you need to provide your attorney with the history of your marriage and the reasons why you want to divorce, but you also need to provide your attorney with information about your spouse's personality. Doing so can help your attorney strategize a way to hopefully settle your divorce with your interests in mind, but with less strife. It may help to write down the important parts of your marriage's history for your attorney so that your attorney has that information on hand before key events take place in the case.
In addition, keep your calendar open and be available when your attorney needs you. Your attorney may need to have a discussion with you regarding a certain aspect of your case, may need you to attend mediation or may need to have you meet with an expert witness. Being too busy to be available can make a poor impression. In addition, meeting with your attorney regularly throughout the divorce process can help keep focus on your case, and can be a good way to you to discuss strategy and direction with your attorney.
Your attorney is not only your ally during your divorce proceedings but is also the one tasked with representing your interests in all of your divorce issues. Each case is different; therefore, each client's relationship with his or her attorney will be different. However, by being open, honest and available, you can help your attorney help you in your case.
Source: The Huffington Post, "5 Tips To Help You Through Your Divorce," Randall M. Kessler, June 16, 2016