“That’s Why I Paid a Lawyer”

Ever said that?  Or thought it?  You have a case (a divorce in this context) and you have hired a lawyer to represent you through the case.  Your lawyer meets with you a few times and then he prepares the summons and complaint: the paperwork that is filed with the court that officially launches your divorce case.  Your lawyer also files a motion for temporary relief so that you can get in to see a judge as quickly as possible to tie up some loose ends like getting child support started.  So you’re part is done.  It’s all up to the lawyer now, right?

NO!  You play a very important role throughout the entire case.  Some phases of your case will be more demanding of your time and attention than others, but all are important.  In the beginning as your lawyer is learning more about you and your case, you will be providing a lot of information to your lawyer by affidavit, intake forms, client information worksheets, financial declarations, and probably some more stuff.  You will probably have to meet with your lawyer on many occasions throughout the process.  If custody is at issue, there will probably be a significant chunk of time spent with the Guardian ad Litem discussing the case and the children.

Just keep in mind, that as you walk through this process with your lawyer, it is a team effort.  You are an important part of the team and will be asked to contribute during the litigation.


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