Before actually proceeding with a divorce, most individuals or couples will come to a Charleston divorce attorney with questions regarding the nature of the process. These questions help the parties involved gauge expectations and resolve any uncertainty about the procedure before going through with it.
Those speaking with a South Carolina divorce attorney for the first time should be sure to ask the following questions in their initial consultation.
1) What should I expect in the divorce process?
It should come as no surprise, but the vast majority of spouses wanting to divorce have not gone through with the procedure before. If you’re going through your first consultation with a divorce lawyer, you should ask about how the process works and establish some expectations for what the coming months will be like. Charleston attorneys have handled hundreds of divorce cases so they can tell you what to expect based on your particular circumstances.
2) How long will the legal aspects of the divorce take?
Your lawyer will be able to give you a general estimate of how long your divorce should take. Keep in mind that this is only an estimate and doesn’t account for deviations in normal divorce protocol. Certain circumstances can arise that prolong the case.
3) How experienced are you in the South Carolina family court?
Ask your attorney on the initial consultation about their experience with family law and in the South Carolina family court. It’s preferable to have someone on your side who knows the ins and outs of the courtroom and who has experience dealing with the nuances of cases in the Charleston area.
4) How will I be charged and what will the estimated cost be?
Your family attorney should be able to give you a general idea of how you’ll be charged for their services throughout the divorce case. The overall estimated cost, however, can vary significantly from case to case. Ask the attorney on your initial consultation what the total cost – including court and other fees – of a case similar to yours typically looks like.
5) Based on the details of my case, what’s the reasonable expectation for the outcome?
Although every divorce and separation case is different, it’s usually a good idea to ask your attorney how they feel the judge is likely to rule on a particular issue. Not only can being open and honest with you about your case give your attorney more leeway in getting the best outcome, but it can also help you establish expectations about how your case is likely to turn out.
If you have questions about divorce in Charleston, call Leslie Sarji at 843-323-4341 or click below to set up a consultation with an attorney who can help.