Preparing for Divorce

Westchester County Divorce Lawyer

5 Suggestions to Prepare for Your Divorce

Divorce can be a very traumatic and emotional time for you and your family. To make matters more difficult, most people find the legal process overwhelming and complex. The specialized understanding and practice of a divorce lawyer in Westchester County, NY can save you the headache of untimely and incorrect decisions. At Riebling & Payton, PLLC, we have both the experience and knowledge to help you navigate the divorce process. One of the most important things that someone can do to bring about a favorable conclusion to their divorce is to be prepared. That preparation should start as early as your first meeting with one of our Westchester divorce attorneys.

  1. Prepare a List of Questions:

Don’t be afraid or hesitant to ask questions. Make a list and bring it with you. Questions we are often asked include:

  • What are my rights as a spouse?
  • What are my rights as a parent?
  • How long will it take to resolve my case?
  • How much will you charge me?
  • How much experience do you have?
  • Do you specialize in divorce?

Everyone’s case is different so be aware that the answers to your questions might not be comparable to the experiences of other people (particularly friends and family). We will tell you what you need to know, what to expect and we will provide answers.

  1. Evaluate Your Finances and Marital Assets:

Evaluate the marital assets and finances by gathering as much as information you can about the house, cars, bank accounts, stocks, and other funds. Other important things to get details about are loans and income information for both you and your spouse.

  1. Discuss Costs and Expectations:

Tell your lawyer what you are seeking in the divorce. This may include division of assets, debts and issues concerning the children. Cases become more complicated or complex depending on the issues involved. Knowing and understanding what your goals are in seeking the divorce will assist the lawyer to estimate the time, expenses and costs associated with your case. While it is impossible to estimate all costs at the beginning of a divorce action, at least you will have a reasonable idea of your costs and expectations.

  1. Be Open and Comfortable:

Your divorce attorney will be the person who you will need to trust to know everything about your life, especially about your marriage. Be prepared to explain the whole story. Remember that any legal advice is only as good as the information that you provide. Don’t hide anything. You must establish and know that you can trust your attorney.

  1. Keep Important Documents with You:

If you have already taken some steps, for example, filed a summons, complaint or other legal documents, bring all the documents and let your attorney review them. If you have received or have been served with any legal notices or any other legal papers regarding a divorce, bring them with you and show them to the lawyer.

Solving Your Marital Problems With You In Mind

Since every marriage is unique, we realize that part of our role is to learn why a particular marriage is breaking up, the issues involved in that break up and to find the best solution for our clients. At Riebling & Payton, PLLC, we pride ourselves on doing this for our clients. With offices located in White Plains, NY and Mount Kisco, NY we are prepared to meet with clients throughout Westchester County.

Contact us online or call (914) 712-6878 to schedule your free initial divorce consultation.

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    Marcia Payton
    Marcia began her legal career by working as an Assistant District Attorney in New York City, prosecuting criminal cases in the country's finest and most highly regarded District Attorney's Office - New York County. It was here that Marcia worked with police officers and detectives and learned how a criminal investigation is handled from arrest to trial. Marcia successfully prosecuted thousands of criminal cases while working in the Office of Special Narcotics in New York City, presenting ...
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    Stephen J. Riebling
    “The Court has to say, I have been impressed by Mr. Riebling’s knowledge … and his grasp of the records in this case. It is beyond any that I have seen in any kind of a case similar to this. I am just saying, it’s part of my thinking that someone with your knowledge would be able to understand these things certainly better than I am and perhaps most laymen or even attorneys…” - Westchester Supreme Court Judge Robert Neary Judge Neary was the presiding judge in the murder trial of Lacey Spears. ...
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