Helping You Make Decisions about Divorce
The decision to divorce is not an easy one. Divorces are not always the result of a single, shattering event. They are sometimes the accumulation of a number of factors that reveal that a marriage is not sustainable. On the other hand, sometimes a series of challenges is just an obstacle to overcome in a marriage. It can be difficult to know what the next step should be.
Individuals who are contemplating divorce often benefit from meeting with a family law attorney to understand their options. At Mack & Santana Law Offices, P.C., our goal is to provide help, guidance, and resources for the undecided. We want to give you the information that you need to make the decision that is right for you. Divorce is not always the right answer. Knowing what divorce entails can be beneficial to helping you decide what the next step should be.
What to Bring to Your Initial Consultation
At your initial consultation with an attorney, we will dive deep into what is happening in your household. We will have many questions for you. The more information we are able to gather at our initial consultation, the better we will be able to advise you. Please try to bring the following information:
- Asset information. Bring information about what assets you own. What assets did either of you have prior to the marriage and what assets did you acquire during the marriage? Information about real estate, retirement accounts, businesses, inheritances and other assets is important to have at your initial consultation.
- Debt information. It is also important to have information about what debts exist.
- Income information. Information about the income of both spouses is critical. People often bring copies of tax returns to provide a picture of the household finances. Pay stubs and documents from other income sources are also valuable.
- Expenses. Every household has different demands. An outline of household expenses, including special costs such as tuition, is important.
- Prenuptial/postnuptial agreements. If you have a prenuptial/postnuptial agreement, it should be brought in for review as well.
We will ask you questions to understand your objective. What are your goals with the consultation? If you are on the fence about divorce, what are your concerns? Take advantage of this time to ask your questions. We can help you understand Minnesota law and how it would apply.
At the end of our meeting, you should have a better idea of what direction you want to go and what steps to take to map out the road ahead.
Are You Ready to Meet?
If you are trying to decide what direction is right for you, we encourage you to come in and meet with a lawyer to discuss your options. We have two locations for your convenience. Call us in Minneapolis at 612-426-7141 or in Prior Lake at 952-314-2617. You can also reach our firm online.