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When Should You Consult With an Attorney About Divorce?

The decision to divorce is not one you will arrive at suddenly and without much thought. Chances are if you have made the decision to divorce your spouse it is something that has already been on your mind for quite some time.

The question that many people have, then, is at what point you should consider getting in touch with a divorce attorney.

One of the most common mistakes made in the divorce process is people waiting too long to speak with a lawyer, especially when they wait until the divorce petition has already been filed (by either party).

In general, there is no such thing as it being too early to speak to a divorce lawyer. In fact, it is better to have a conversation with an attorney sooner than later. An initial consultation with a lawyer will generally be free, and it does not lock you into making any decision about your relationship.

Why you should meet with a lawyer early

Early meetings with an attorney can help you protect your rights if you do decide to get a divorce. The attorney can then advise you all the way through the process, including filling out the initial paperwork and helping you conduct yourself appropriately even in the early phases so as not to hurt your case.

An early meeting will feature a frank discussion about the state of your marriage, your financial situation, your relationship with your children and any other issues that could factor into your divorce.

Again, meeting with an attorney does not lock you into seeking a divorce. You can always change your mind.

For more information about setting up an early meeting with an attorney, contact a Minneapolis divorce lawyer at Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A.

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  • "Mary from APH Law helped me thru a difficult divorce. She and the entire staff was there for me every step of the way helping me on what to do next. They listened to what I wanted and helped me achieve what matter the most to me in the divorce settlement." - Dana C.

  • "I chose APH after my initial consultation with Mary. I felt my best interest would be represented. The entire process went excellent, the attorneys and staff communicated effectively and efficiently with me throughout the process as they needed to. Being new to the legal process and verbiage, they walked me and talked me through the next steps and the jargon, I felt completely comfortable and represented. I hope I never have to use legal services again but if I do I will call Mary at APH Law and know that I will be taken care of." - Jeff M.

  • "Divorce is a time of emotion and stress. Mary Pfeifer , My lawyer was professional and compassionate. She was very informative through the process. Her insight helped me in my decisions. She worked hard to obtain a settlement which was fair to both parties.Though, I hope I won't need her help again. It is reassuring to know a good person that is willing to help." - Rod S.

  • "I first came to Ms. Jacquelyn Lutz of Appelhof, Pfeifer and Hart in October of 2016. It was definitely the worst time in my life and she compassionately spoke with me about my options. Ms. Lutz thoroughly explained the laws, statutes, process and what to expect going forward. What was supposed to be one case, turned into three intricate cases that took a huge toll on me and my family. Ms. Lutz represented me in court on all three cases with a vast knowledge of the laws and how to proceed accordingly. During all three cases she kept me informed, calm, gave me resources to utilize, and (most important) gave me a realistic view of what may come next. Ms. Lutz knew each case required a great deal of knowledge and creative thinking on how to legally proceed forward with each case. My family and friends are forever grateful for the amazing representation by Ms. Lutz. I highly recommend Ms. Lutz for anyone needing or considering superb representation for any kind of family law. " - M.H.


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