Why Honesty with your Lawyer is Always Key

The initial consultation you have with your lawyer sets that foundation for all your divorce issues. At our firm, we call initial consultations Strategy Sessions. And that is exactly what it is. We custom prepare a roadmap for you and a path to resolution of issues that concern you. Your lawyer needs to understand all your concerns. She needs to know all your faults, all your debts, and anything that might negatively impact your concern. Many of the items you fear disclosing, your spouse probably already knows. You lived with your spouse for some time, maybe decades. Most likely, your spouse already knows that you failed to pick your kids up on time. He or she probably knows how much you earn. We need to know what your spouse knows.
Simply put, the more we know about you, the better we can represent you. Nobody expects you to be perfect. If we know your income status, how well or not well you get along with your spouse and his/her relatives, and what your kids think of you – we can make sure we file the correct claims at the right time. We can prepare your case and raise questions about your spouse’s case – so that you get the best results possible.
Whether the initial conference takes place in person or on Zoom, honesty about your difficulties helps us help you.
What happens at the initial consultation
When we have our first conversation, we’ll review the following issues:
Why do you want to obtain a divorce?
Your financial situation. We need to know what assets you and your spouse have, how you make a living, your educational background, your debts, and other financial matters.
Your relationships with your children. How many children do you have? How old are they? What steps do you use to raise and discipline your children? Do your kids spend time with your spouse’s parents?
Do you have a relationship with someone else? Is that relationship intimate?
Which assets do you must want to keep, such as your marital home?
Do you have a business?
Based on your honest assessment of your financial and emotional health, our legal team can then:
Explain which rights you should assert or what your obligations (such as paying child support) may be.
Review what strategies we will likely use to help you get the best results
Discuss which ways disputes can be resolved
Answer your questions
Prepare a fee agreement letter
We know the initial consultation is rough. Going through a divorce isn’t like buying a car. You have many fears and worries. You’re not sure how long the divorce process will take and what you’ll feel like when the divorce is finally over. If you have children, you want what’s best for them.
It’s difficult to admit that a marriage failed and that you might be partly to blame. It’s hard to say you’re struggling to pay the bills. Naturally, you’ll be angry, hurt, and upset.
Rest assured that we treat every client with the dignity and respect they deserve. We don’t judge any client. We aim to get the divorce discussion started – not to resolve every issue in the first meeting.
Often, when clients share their worst fears in the initial session, they feel relieved that they’ve spoken up and assured that their worries aren’t nearly as troubling as they thought.
Why we need you to tell us the truth
First, you should understand that your communications with us are private. Your communications are protected by lawyer-client confidentiality. We will not disclose any part of the conservation with your spouse or his/her lawyer – without your full consent.
Second, the more we know about you and your situation, the better we can advocate for you. The more we know about you, the better we can address your faults.
Third, the more we know, the less expensive your case will be because it’s much easier to address problems at the start than midway through your case.
We understand clients are hesitant to say what worries them. They want to make a good impression. Spouses should know that we’ve been practicing long enough that we’ve heard virtually everything bad that can affect your case. We’re divorce lawyers, which means we regularly meet people at the lowest points in their lives. We are entirely sympathetic with what you’re going through. If you’re having severe emotional discomfort, we may be able to arrange counseling.
Often, the things that keep you up at night are things that your spouse or his/her lawyer isn’t thinking about. Even if they are, there are ways to handle most problems head-on. We don’t judge. We listen. We prepare. We respond.
Relax. Exhale. We’re here for you. We’ll guide you through your divorce issues. We’ll fight for your fair share of marital property. We’ll help you do right by your children. Our lawyers will help ensure the spousal support orders and child support orders properly reflect your situation.
Get help from a caring, experienced divorce lawyer
At Lyttle Law Firm, our Austin and San Marcos family lawyers help spouses, parents, and children when a marriage is over. We answer all your questions at every stage of the divorce. We listen to our clients. Our legal team will guide you through each phase of the divorce. The more information we have about you and your family, the better we can assert your rights and respond to arguments by your spouse and his/her lawyer. To speak with a strong advocate, call us at 512.215.5225 or use our online form to make an appointment. We represent residents of Travis, Hays, Comal, Williamson, Bell, Caldwell, Burnett, Llano, and Guadalupe Counties.

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