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Seeing a lawyer for the first time – What do you need?

Making the decision to go ahead with a divorce can be a scary step to make. Once you’ve made up your mind though, the next step is to engage legal counsel. When that appointment has been made, it is important that you organise your thoughts, and prepare a checklist for discussion with your lawyer.

It may not be a task that you look forward to, but going in to that first appointment prepared, could, in the long run, save you time, money and additional grief.

The first meeting – what to expect?

The initial meeting will probably be the most difficult as you face the reality of your actions. A divorce attorney, should, at this juncture, run through with you on what you can expect from the entire process:

What information is pertinent for that first meeting?

Whilst it is the lawyer’s task to enquire and discover all the necessary information relating to the above, it is always useful, and time saving, if you can provide relevant information on:

  • the reasons why you want to file for divorce
  • personal details e.g. dates of birth, occupations, religions – for both you and your spouse
  • details pertaining to any children in the marriage
  • your expectations regarding ancillary matters, e.g. division of matrimonial assets , child custody and maintenance

What documents do I need to bring with me for that very first appointment?

  • Marriage certificate
  • Birth certificate
  • NRIC and/or passport
  • CPF statement

To find out more or if you are in need of professional advice, please submit your details and requirements in the form to arrange for a consultation with a divorce lawyer.