The First Step in Divorce
Prior to calling our Charlotte divorce lawyers, some clients seem to spend a fair amount of time gathering information, and advice, from friends, family, and even co-workers.
That’s normal. Weighing your options makes sense.
In fact, you may not even be sure you want to separate or get divorced.
Unfortunately, as well-meaning as people may be, the advice given is all too often entirely inapplicable, if not flat-out wrong.
In some instances, the advice offered by friends and family, if followed, might result in substantial problems in the future.
As such, if you’re in the formative stages of separation or even considering a divorce, it makes sense to talk with a family law attorney.
If you live in Charlotte, we think it’s a good idea to consult with a Charlotte divorce lawyer. Mecklenburg County family court has Local Rules of Domestic Court.
They’re 34 pages long and involve the intricacies of unique aspects of family court in the 26th Judicial District.
While Chapter 50 sets forth general parameters of the NC divorce laws, Charlotte attorneys, unlike some other jurisdictions, work very closely with the TCA’s Office (the Trial Court Administrator) in setting hearings and resolving scheduling issues.
A lot of the rules and procedures are due to the size of Mecklenburg County and the sometimes overwhelming number of family court filings in Charlotte.
If you’re looking for a divorce lawyer in Charlotte, we recommend you work with a law firm with a litigation background.
Consult with lawyers who are experienced practicing law in Mecklenburg County.
Find the right lawyer for you, someone who understands your unique perspectives and goals.
We think it’s a good idea to speak with a lawyer well before having a sit-down “I want a divorce” conversation with your spouse.
It’s important to note: We are not here to encourage you to get divorced.
In fact, some clients decide it’s better NOT to get divorced.
“I firmly believe the best decisions are made if you possess information and facts. The decision to get a divorce should be predicated on knowing your legal options and going into the process with eyes wide open.”
– Bill Powers
After being advised of their legal rights, some people choose to work through problems with the help of marriage counselors and even financial planners.
What is important to you?
We provide information and guidance. We explain laws, the legal processes, and help anticipate possible problem areas.
It will not hurt our feelings if you ultimately decide NOT to get divorced.
Don’t worry, no one will know. Everything you tell us in legal consultation is confidential.
The fact you even met with a divorce lawyer is, in itself, a secret.
That is what is meant by the “attorney-client privilege.”
Confidentiality and the attorney-client privilege apply both to the initial consultation stage and throughout legal representation if that is to take place and you retain our law firm.
As such, there is a consultation fee associated with family law cases at our law firm.
That is unlike criminal charges or consultations associated with DWI charges or other “personal injury” matters.
Given the complexity of legal issues involving child custody, post-separation support or “PSS,” alimony, and equitable distribution, the initial consultation normally takes about an hour or more.
You do not even have to come to our office. While we enjoy face-to-face interaction with family law clients, we also understand that might not be practical or timely.
We therefore regularly use technology, by way of secure video conferencing to begin conversations about separation and divorce.
Planning ahead is often key.
The decision of whether to separate and eventually filing for divorce is one of the biggest decisions in life.
Even in instances where the spouses are generally amicable, it is an extremely good idea to protect your individual legal rights and interests.
One would be remiss in failing to consider the fact that your spouse may have already consulted with a Charlotte divorce lawyer or family law attorney in Mecklenburg County.
Too much information is better than almost none.
Divorce lawyers like information. We want to provide sound legal advice.
If you can get documentation together that sets forth things like:
- Date of marriage
- Date of legal separation, as appropriate
- Full name of your spouse and date of birth
- Full name of your children and their birth dates
- A general summary of assets
- Vacation Homes
- Cars / Vehicles
- Retirement Accounts
- Bank Account Balance Information
Gathering that information, even during the initial consultation, can take a fair amount of time. If we can review the materials before or even at the beginning of the office visit, that gives us more time to focus on you.
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“It frankly makes our job easier if you come to the initial meeting prepared with the details. That way we can focus on you, what you’re experiencing, and your goals.”
– Bill Powers