If you're facing a South Carolina divorce you likely have experienced some of the stress and worry that goes along with the process. Many people find themselves confused and overwhelmed by the ordeal, something that is best alleviated by educating yourself.
The best way to do that is to meet with an experienced South Carolina family law attorney who can answer some of your most pressing questions and ensure that you are armed with the knowledge you need to conduct your divorce.
So what are some of the most important questions you should ask your South Carolina divorce attorney? A recent Huffington Post article discussed some of the important issues to discuss, including the following:
First, what might the process cost? Everyone knows divorce can be an expensive endeavor, and finding out just how expensive is important to your peace of mind. Almost no one has an endless supply of money, and it is critical to discuss costs before diving into the process. Make sure you and your attorney are both on the same page regarding your goals for the divorce, and you can then discuss what strategies will be most helpful in ensuring costs are contained. Though guidance is appreciated, understand that exact estimates are almost impossible; after all, your divorce attorney is not a mechanic.
Another important issue concerns child custody and visitation. Make sure to ask your South Carolina family law attorney to explain what factors affect child custody and what visitation schedules are commonly used. Will a Guardian ad Litem or mediator need to be involved? Does your attorney have an opinion as to what types of custody and visitation schedules work best from his or her experience handling other South Carolina custody cases?
Finally, ask the attorney what information you need to provide to get the process moving and keep it on track. Ask for a list of items that you need to begin assembling, which possibly includes tax information, pay stubs, bank records, etc. Instead of than waiting until crunch time when discovery is due, it's far easier to begin assembling the records you will need sooner rather than later. Finding out as much information as possible up front helps ensure you are able to make informed decisions when the time comes.
Source: “Divorce Confidential: Asking the Right Questions in a Divorce,” by Carolina Choi, published at HuffingtonPost.com.