• What to Bring to an Ohio Divorce Lawyer’s Office
  • May 19, 2011
  • Law Firm: Slater Zurz LLP - Akron Office
  • Going to a divorce lawyer’s office for the first time can be a very difficult experience. Your lawyer will try to help you get through this difficult time, but, at the same time, lawyers can only help you if they have all of the information that they need.

    So it may be helpful to list some of the things that a divorce lawyer may ask you for, so you can start out on the right foot.

    For starters, lawyers need facts—not opinions, rumors, gossip or guesses. When you talk to the lawyer, please make sure that everything you say can be backed up with facts. It will be up to the attorney to determine which of those facts may be important to your individual case.

    When you arrive at the lawyer’s office, you may be asked to fill out a client contact form, and also a financial statement.

    If there are no minor children of the marriage, then most of what you need to take to the lawyer’s office will be financial records. You must fully disclose all of your financial information. Failure to do so can cost you in the end.

    To begin with, you will need to bring with you the names of the husband and wife, names and dates of birth of all minor children, all Social Security Numbers of everyone in the family, addresses, your contact information, and the place and date of your marriage.

    You will need to supply bank records, tax returns, deeds and mortgages, rental agreements, utility bills, pay stubs, credit card bills, business records (if you own a business), your stock portfolio if you have one, and any other investments and any and all other financial information that you may have.

    If there are minor children, or disabled children who need ongoing care, you may need to bring their school and medical records, if those may raise issues during the course of the divorce.

    Depending on your individual case, the lawyer may ask you for other information, including witness contact information in cases of domestic violence or hidden assets.

    This list is only a start, but it is a good start, and will help you with your initial lawyer meeting.

    If you are seeking legal help for a possible divorce, please contact Slater & Zurz LLP at 1-800-297-9191 or visit our divorce and dissolution website at www.dissolutionanddivorce.com.