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What questions to ask your divorce attorney

Once a Maryland resident has made the decision to file for divorce, a series of decisions will follow. For many, the process can feel overwhelming, and it can be difficult to know where to begin. One's divorce attorney is a valuable source of information and advice during this challenging time. Being able to effectively tap into that resource, however, often depends on being prepared to ask important questions at the beginning of the process.

One question that should be asked early on involves the issue of property division. Many couples spend a great deal of time, stress and money arguing over relatively small items or accounts. Ask your attorney at the onset which things are worth putting up a fight for, and which are not. In addition, be ready to listen to his or her answer, and implement it into your overall negotiating strategy.

Another important question involves the timeframe for completing the divorce. While no attorney can accurately pinpoint a date that the process will become final, it is possible to have an open and honest conversation about the projected timeframe. If your goal is to be done as quickly as possible, let your attorney know at the beginning. He or she can then tailor their approach to minimize the time needed to reach a settlement.

By coming into a divorce with a clear idea of how you would like the process to move forward, clients can give their legal counsel an outline of their goals and expectations. This level of communication can go a long way toward easing tensions and avoiding conflict throughout the process. An attorney is there to guide and advise their clients, and a Maryland client who asks the right questions can make that process far easier and more productive.

Source: Huffington Post, Divorce Advice: 10 Questions You Should Ask Your Divorce Lawyer, No author, Sept. 4, 2013

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