Step 1: Initial Consultation
The initial consultation is a chance for us to meet and discuss your situation. It is important to create a positive divorce lawyer-client relationship from the very beginning. If you are the applicant, we will discuss the issues you want addressed. If you are the respondent, meaning that your spouse has served you with an Application, I will review the Application and discuss the way in which you would like to proceed. As a family law lawyer with twenty years experience, I will be able to advise you as to your best options and most likely outcomes.
Step 2: Application/Answer
After the initial consultation, I will draft your Application or Answer, depending on your position. This is the most crucial time for gathering evidence and I will clearly identify what you are required to provide. After I have drafted your Application or Answer, I will provide drafts for your review and will only issue it when you have approved the document. If necessary, the applicant may respond to issues raised by the respondent in a Reply. Please note that the application must be issued at the court of the municipality in which you reside, but may later be transferred to a different court by a Judge’s order.
Step 3: Case Conference
After the Applicant has served the Reply, the matter proceeds to a case conference. At the case conference, the applicant and the respondent must be in attendance and all parties will discuss the issues involved. It is possible for some or all of the issues to be resolved at a case conference. As a divorce lawyer, I advocate for my client’s position and obtain a positive resolution of many, if not all, of the outstanding issues.