How to Prepare for an Initial Consultation With a NY Divorce Attorney

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A divorce is an incredibly difficult process. But, working with the right attorney can make a world of difference. One of the best ways to make sure an attorney is right for you is to have an initial consultation. An initial consultation is a brief meeting to help introduce your attorney to your case. While your attorney is learning about you and your situation, this is also an opportunity for you to ensure that you are comfortable working with this attorney. Read on to learn more about what to expect from an initial consultation.

What information should I have prepared?

In order to make sure that your attorney gets all the necessary information, it is best to come prepared with the following:

  • A brief history of the marriage
  • Background information about yourself, your spouse, and your children
  • Your immediate situation
  • Your intentions and goals regarding your situation
  • A list of questions you have for your attorney 

Additionally, you should be sure to bring the following documents:

  • The divorce complaint, if already filed
  • Recent pay stubs
  • Individual and business tax returns, W-2 forms, and 1099s
  • Recent bank statements

Can I bring support?

Divorce proceedings are typically an emotional time. Because of this that it is important to have a strong support system in place. This can mean bringing a loved one to your initial consultation with a divorce attorney. During this time, your friend or family member can listen in, take notes, and ask important questions that can help you later on.  That being said, it is important to check with your attorney first, as everyone has different guidelines at the moment. 

How do I know if an attorney is right for me?

When getting divorced, it is important that you feel confident in your choice of attorney. One of the best ways to determine this is by reading reviews of your attorney in advance. Additionally, you should make sure your attorney is in your price range. Lastly, be sure that your attorney can answer your questions and communicate in a timely and effective manner.

Our firm understands how difficult a divorce can be, and we are here to walk you through the process every step of the way. Reach out today to discuss your options with a skilled and experienced attorney.


Peter V. Mandi, Esq. is an experienced divorce and family law attorney located in Bohemia, New York. Our firm understands the impact a divorce can have on your life. If you require strong and dedicated legal representation in Long Island, New York, please do not hesitate to contact Peter V. Mandi & Associates, Inc. today.

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