Before you sue for divorce or child custody, the following concepts should be reviewed with your attorney:
- Budget for case and your financial situation
- Should you file suit first, or wait to be served by the other side?
- Likelihood of success and expectiations
- Experience of lawyer for matter
- What evidence you'll need to preserve
- What to do to stay safe
- What should be investigated as part of due diligence
- Whether your case presents something unusual
- Whether you will need experts
- Whether there are any emergency matters for the court to deal with early on
- What witnesses will you need or want
During your family law case, you should not be afraid to ask your lawyer about the following matters:
- What evidence can be obtained from subpoenas, discovery requests, or investigation
- Who is your judge? What is known about this judge?
- Should any motions be filed to resolve issues before trial.
- What is the trial strategy
- How should you present yourself at trial
- Has the judge given any indication prior to trial about how he or she may rule
- If there were interim orders (temporary orders) how should you bet follow them to avoid contempt charges?
Trial is over and you do not know what could happen next, what should you ask your attorney about this:
- If you feel the judge was wrong enough, should you appeal?
- Will the other party likely appeal?
- Should your trial lawyer or another lawyer handle the appeal?
- How much will an appeal cost?
- How long could an appeal take?
- What are the chances of losing on appeal?
- If there is no appeal, how do you best follow the orders of the court to not be in contempt?
- If the other party appears to not be following the decree or judgment, what can you do about it?