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Everything You Need to Know Going Into Your Introductory Divorce Consultation


If you’ve been reflecting about the direction of your marriage, you may be asking yourself,

Is divorce the best option for me? What will the divorce be like if my spouse doesn’t want it to happen? What about my children? How will child custody be split?”

If you are asking these questions, you may be ready to schedule your initial free divorce consultation. This is a very big step for you to make, as it is quite literally, life-changing. However, it’s important to note that your initial consultation is exactly that, a consultation. It is an opportunity to get information, ask questions and hopefully gain “peace of mind” about your future.

At Wisselman, Harounian & Associates, with over 150 years of collective experience, our team of dedicated and experienced divorce law attorneys has educated our clients on the steps to take in their marital dissolution to help ensure the most favorable outcome possible. During an introductory consultation, you will have the chance to sit down with one of our attorneys, explain your situation, and create a strategy to move forward.

Do You Have Questions? Get Answers.

There is no one size fits all plan when speaking about divorce. Each situation is different and will need a different plan of action. If you have a meeting with an experienced family law attorney, you will be able to fully explain your situation, and they will provide feedback on what they believe to be the proper follow-up steps.

The majority of questions we receive here at WHA relate to:

  • Division of assets including businesses and the marital residence

  • Child support and Spousal Support

  • Child custody

  • Legal Fees

While it may seem like fighting a divorce in court is the only option, there are other alternatives. These include:

  • Mediation with a Neutral Mediator

  • Negotiating Out of Court with Your Own Attorney

These options are often less expensive than going through litigation, however, they do require both parties to be willing to cooperate to come to a collaborative agreement.

Put Together Your Game Plan

On top of being able to answer questions about your situation, a skilled family law attorney will be able to provide you with feedback about your personal situation and what to do next. For instance, you may be ready to move out of the house. Your divorce attorney will probably advise you that this is not a good idea until you have a custody agreement.

It’s important to take a look at what your current situation is, and what your life will look like following your divorce. Another example may be that you are hoping to move away with your children, however, that might not be a realistic option. This is another area where a family law attorney will be able to assist, is in planning your future and ensuring you take the best path possible to receive the outcome you desire.

Take Time to Let the Information Digest

As stated earlier, going to an introductory divorce consultation does not mean that your case is going to court, or even that the marriage is ending. In fact, many times individuals are motivated to work on their relationship following a meeting with a family law attorney. It’s quite common for the information received in the consultation to be used as a tool to improve your current marriage or your quality of parenting. You may realize you don’t want a divorce at all following the appointment.

However, there are also many times when the meeting provides vital information that helps you decide whether separation or divorce is the right option for you.

Whether you are looking for an initial consultation, or you have decided divorce is the option best suited for you and your family, the team at WHA would love to discuss your situation and see how we can help.

Call us today at (516) 406-8500 to schedule your free consultation.

Call us today at (516) 406-8500 to schedule your free consultation.

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