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maddmurph posted 10/20/2013 21:27 PM

What questions should I ask?

I want to know my options, but my options with what? I guess the children and the house. What else should I be worried about?

headdesk posted 10/20/2013 21:43 PM

Division of assets and alimony are two I can tick off the top of my head. A good lawyer will walk you through the whole considerations fairly well I'd think.

Hope2B posted 10/21/2013 01:37 AM

Also ask about health coverage (i.e. who provides it now, who will provide it in the future and for how long, and how will the children be covered for future health issues).

Depending on number of years married and if you are in a community property state, there might also be considerations for retirement investments, savings accounts etc.

maddmurph posted 10/21/2013 09:42 AM

OK appointment confirmed. Childcare arranged. We are a good. Unless of course I chicken out.

Healing2012 posted 10/21/2013 09:46 AM

You will be OK. I felt really weird about going, but I kept telling myself that it was to get some information and to get a little control back in my life (considering that I felt so out of control after D-Day). I tried to look at it as a fact-gathering mission and I did my best to not bring my emotions in the room with me.

I hope all goes well with your appointment...

Swims posted 10/21/2013 09:49 AM

Don't chicken out, Murph! I remember my consultation with my attorney.... I was a wreck! But I ended up feeling much better when I found out my rights should there be a divorce. Knowledge gives you power. Good luck!

tushnurse posted 10/21/2013 12:10 PM

This is one of those things in life that you are scared shitless to do, because it makes the situation very real, but when you are done, you feel a lot better, and much more at peace.

I visited an attorney prior to Dday, I knew he was up to no good, but couldn't get proof. I was done though, I had it. 7 months of being treated like I was hired help that never did anything right. Something had to change. So I felt I had to get answers before taking any next steps. It was VERY helpful. Heck she even gave me the name of MC that others had used and didn't D. We went to him too (after Dday).

Be ready to have financial information ready. How much you owe on your home, outstanding debt, assets, retirement etc.

((((and strength))))

Pippy posted 10/21/2013 12:53 PM

I made copies of everything financial plus vehicle registrations, health plans, deeds, bills, his SSN etc. and gave a copy to my L when needed. It cut a lot off my bill and helped her see the general picture.

Also make friends with his/her legal assistant, because lawyers get busy and don't get back to you as fast as you'd like. The legal assistant who answers the phone can often answer your question and that saves on billing too.

Make sure you get a good one referred by those who have been there. It will pay in the end. If you have to try several, pick the best sharks in town and then WS can't use them because of conflict of interest.

maddmurph posted 10/21/2013 13:27 PM

Sitting waiting for lawyer. Trying not to be sick on the rug.

maddmurph posted 10/21/2013 17:40 PM

Well. That went WAY better than expected. We haven't been married long enough for spousal support. We have no equity in the house so I can just assume it if I want to. I work from home so I can watch them while I work. We don't need child care now, so if I continue that it would offset the child support. Bonus time with them too. We lease the one car, that's in my name so I would just keep that. She can have my yit heap car that we own outright. She basically has the most to lose. I just lose half the nights.

Truly posted 10/21/2013 17:51 PM

Well done maddmurph,

It's never as bad as you think it's going to be;after all, the lawyer you hire works for you.

I hope it's clarified some thoughts and that you can start to see a path through this.

wifehad5 posted 10/21/2013 18:03 PM

It helps to know your options, doesn't it?

maddmurph posted 10/21/2013 19:44 PM

I actually feel like I have some power. It was a little fun having her panic trying to find out where I was. The icing was being in a cell dead zone and my phone dropping the call I could even pick up.

Hope2B posted 10/22/2013 15:16 PM

The more information you have, the better decisions you can make.

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