Your First Appointment
The first appointment you have with us is very important. These tips will help you get the most out of it:
- Prior to our first meeting, we will provide you with a Client Information Form requesting key details (such as names, dates of birth, date of separation etc.). It is critical that you complete and return this Form as soon as possible. We would prefer to listen to your story and provide you with effective preliminary advice during our first meeting, rather than spend time making notes of your key details.
- The Client Information Form will ask you to provide details of your (and your former spouse’s) assets and liabilities. Sometimes, you simply will not know any information about your former spouse’s financial circumstances. That is OK – just do the best you can for the purposes of the first appointment.
- If you are married, please bring with you a copy of your marriage certificate.
- If you are divorced, also bring with you a copy of your Divorce Order.
- If you want our help with arrangements for the children, please bring with you copies of your children’s birth certificates.
- If Court proceedings have already started, please bring with you a copy of all Court documents, including Orders. It is best if these documents are sorted into date order.
- We also recommend that you bring copies of any letters you have sent or received in relation to your family law matter. Additionally, if there are certain documents that are important to you, or you have questions about, please bring these with you too.
We hope this information will help you get the most out of your first appointment with us, and we look forward to meeting you soon.
In the meantime, you may like to consult our information booklet: Separating? Know Your Rights.