If you have decided to divorce your spouse, one primary step you should take is to get a good lawyer. Besides providing fundamental guidelines to help you avoid common divorce pitfalls, the family law expert will ensure the process is handled properly and your needs are met. 

To attain this, you'll need to set up the first consultation meeting to discuss your situation and explore the available solutions. So, how do you prepare for the first consultation to ensure you get the most out of the meeting and avoid getting stressed? Here are some great tips to consider.

Write Down the Case Facts

One of the main things a divorce lawyer wants to know after taking on a job is the case facts. While it may seem natural or common sense that the facts will come out as you have a discussion with the lawyer, the stress that comes with such situations can make you lose track or forget to mention some details. 

To avoid this, you should write down the facts of the relationship, no matter how insignificant they seem. Even the minor details could be vital for the case, so don't leave any out. Your lawyer needs to know everything from the beginning to identify any possible concerns that may arise during the case. This could help them find an amicable solution.

Know the Issues That Need Resolution

Several issues will arise during the divorce process and must be solved to avoid more problems later on. While your divorce lawyer will do the best to represent you and find the most favorable solution, it's still important to familiarize yourself with the problems and know the possible solutions depending on your case. 

Generally, spouses have to come to terms (via litigation or amicably) with the decisions on property division, child support, child custody, and alimony.

Get a Copy of Your Property and Financial Records

Before your divorce lawyer moves forward with the case, they will need to have a clear picture of your sources of income and assets, including those that are subject to division. Therefore, share a copy of the property records and financial statements so your lawyer can prepare adequately. 

Some of the documents your divorce lawyer will need include your bank investment or retirement account statements, business records, property titles and deeds, inventory of non-titled assets (they include jewelry, furniture, and art collections), and a list of the items you and your partner owned before marriage. Also, don't forget to bring the pre- and post-nuptial agreements if you have any.

For more information, contact a divorce lawyer.