When it comes to divorce cases, no two cases are alike.
Many times a new client has a close friend or a relative who has been through a recent divorce. The divorced person shares the pertinent details of their case. Frequently, this friend or relative will tell the client exactly how much their lawyer charged, how much child support or spousal support they were awarded or how their property division was handled.
The problem comes in when the new client sits down with their own divorce attorney for the first time. They lay out exactly what they expect concerning cost and outcome based on what they have been told by someone else. Unfortunately, this leaves us attorneys in the sometimes difficult position of explaining that their friend or relative’s case is nothing like their own and that the cost of legal services and outcome of the case will look very different.
It’s critical for clients to understand that there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all divorce settlement, lawyer bill or child/spousal support payment. For example, matters like child support follow a prescribed set of state guidelines based on many factors specific to your family. Coming to your first lawyer meeting or phone call with a clean slate and an open mind is the first step to embarking on a healthy and productive attorney-client relationship.
When you meet with your attorney at Skulborstad Legal Group, LLC , they will ask you about your marriage, family and financial situation to determine a game plan for your case. Initial questions include:
- How many children do you have?
- Do either of you have children from another relationship?
- Do you have any other dependents?
- What type of property did you and your spouse own together?
- What is your family’s current financial situation?
- How much debt do you have?
- What is your level of education and earning potential?
Only after getting honest, and thorough answers to these types of questions can an attorney begin to give an accurate estimate of how much you will pay for legal services, or how much money you may expect to receive as part of your divorce agreement. The good news is that once we get to know the details of your case, we will be well-equipped to give you a fair estimate of your legal fees and potential divorce terms. We strive to be as transparent and upfront as possible when it comes to letting you know how our services will affect your pocketbook.
An experienced Colorado Divorce Attorney will be able to ask you all of the pertinent questions to get your case going in the right direction. We are also sensitive to the emotional toll the end of your relationship may be taking on you or your children. We try to be as compassionate as possible as we learn about your case. Your attorney will simplify the process for you, and work with you to reach the result you deserve. We look out for you while you take care of yourself and your family during this difficult time.
If you are thinking about divorce, don’t hesitate to call the Castle Rock and Colorado Springs Family Law Attorneys at Skulborstad Legal Group, LLP. Call us today to get started on working toward your new beginning.