Separation and divorce are very difficult issues to navigate. If you are preparing for a divorce, there are a multitude of challenges that you must prepare for. However, having a knowledgeable San Jose divorce attorney – like the attorneys at Lonich Patton Ehrlich Policastri – will significantly lessen your burden. When preparing to meet with a San Jose divorce attorney for the first time, it is important to gather and have available certain personal information.
What Information Will You Need?
It is important have some basic information for both yourself and your spouse ready. Your full names, dates of birth, and social security numbers are a good start. Additionally, have both your and your spouses contact information, address, phone number, and e-mail address. Another important piece of information to have is a document showing proof that you are a California resident. This can be a mortgage bill or home utility bill for instance.
Other valuable information to gather in preparation of your divorce or separation include employment information for both yourself and your spouse. You should obtain the employer’ name, address, and phone number, for both you and your spouse. Gather information about the length of you and your spouse’s employment. This should include monthly or annual salary, and at least the last three income tax returns you filed.
What If Children Are Involved?
Regarding any children you and your spouse may have, there are a few things you’ll need. First it is important to have available a list of all children from the marriage’s names including the children’s dates of birth, social security numbers, and health insurance coverage. Additionally, it would be good to note what the current custody arrangement is between you and your spouse. If you anticipate custody being an issue during your divorce, vocalize this. Include if there are any children from a previous marriage for either you or your spouse. List their names, dates of birth, social security numbers, and whether there is child support being received or paid for any of the children.
Finally, if there is some additional information that will be of great assistance to the divorce attorney you meet, provide it to the attorney either before or during your first meeting. The date and place your wedding took place should be provided. Further, a list of any the marital problems involving alcohol or drug abuse, or domestic abuse, that led to divorce. Lastly, your attorney will need the name of your spouse’s attorney if your spouse is represented. They will need to know where to serve your spouse with divorce papers.
If you are separated and planning a divorce or simply considering your options, please contact one of the experienced San Jose Divorce attorneys at Lonich Patton Ehrlich Policastri. We offer free consultations for new Family Law clients.
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