Although no two people will deal with the trauma of divorce in the same way, as experienced divorce lawyers, we know the first thing you need to do is tell us your story. At our first meeting, we will take the time to listen to you. We want to get to know you and what is important to you so we can guide you to the best possible resolution of your case.
Next we will talk about what we reasonably can and cannot expect to achieve for you. Prospective clients sometimes have mistaken notions about divorce, custody, alimony, and property division. They have often heard, from various sources, misconceptions and half truths about the law that lead them to unnecessary worries or (conversely) unrealistic expectations. We will clear up these misconceptions so that you can begin to develop realistic goals and we can work with you to achieve them.
We will try to establish your short and long term goals, and discuss strategies for achieving them. Establishing goals is a task we may work on over several meetings as you adjust to the reality of your new situation. You may have some tangible goals, such as obtaining alimony, or specific items of property. And you may have less concrete goals such as improving your ability to communicate with your spouse for the benefit of your children. Goals help us to better organize our efforts on your behalf, as they will dictate what we need to do and how we will go about doing it. Goals also help keep you involved in the case, as we work with you toward the desired outcome.
Whatever your goals or aspirations might be, it is our job as experienced divorce attorneys to determine which goals are achievable and what course of action might be pursued to accomplish them. We will advise you honestly about what is and is not attainable. You need to know what can and cannot be done in equal measure. We would rather risk losing you as a client than promising you something we know is not achievable.
If you decide to retain us and we decide to accept your case, we will ask you to sign a written engagement agreement spelling out our fees and billing practices and the scope of our representation. At the conclusion of the interview, we will give you some homework to do to help us move forward with your case. In Illinois, both parties to a dissolution of marriage are required to complete comprehensive financial discovery. We will give you a financial data sheet and a list of documents that we need to complete this discovery. Completing the data sheet will provide you with useful information about your financial situation and help you prepare a budget. Knowledge of your financial situation is essential for you to formulate your short and long term goals.
The information you provide will be shared with opposing counsel, and your spouse will be required to provide us with similar information. Try to remember that the seeming drudgery of compiling monthly expenses and lists of assets and debts is really for your benefit. We will need this information to negotiate or litigate support and property settlement issues.
If you are considering divorce or have been served with divorce papers and would like to discuss your particular situation with an attorney, we welcome you to contact Weiler & Lengle. Our St. Charles, Illinois divorce attorneys serve families throughout the Tri-City / Fox River Valley area. We look forward to working with you to help you achieve the best possible results for your unique circumstances.
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