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Meeting with a divorce attorney by video? Use these tips

Once upon a time, it would seem very strange to discuss your personal matters with an attorney on a video call, but things have changed. Doctors, therapists and attorneys are all using Zoom and other video conferencing tools to handle meetings with their clients.

If you're making inquiries about a divorce, however, you want to take certain steps to manage your privacy. If your spouse doesn't know your intentions, you certainly don't want to be overheard. Even if your spouse does know your plans, you should still take steps to preserve the privilege you enjoy with your attorney so that you can freely discuss all your concerns.

Here are some tips that can help you make your online meeting successful:

  1. Schedule your meeting when you can be entirely alone. Don't pick a time when you're trying to watch the kids or you're worried your spouse might walk through the door. Consider your privacy needs carefully. If necessary, sit in your car for the meeting or borrow a room in a friend's house.
  2. Eliminate distractions and interruptions. Turn off notifications, make sure you have the right app downloaded, close out all your other tabs or screens and check your video and sound a few minutes before the meeting.
  3. Have as much information as you can get available and organized. Gather up your financial records, including your tax returns, pay stubs, property deeds, prenuptial agreement and other items. Have them organized and on hand for the meeting. While your attorney will no doubt want copies sent to them, you want them available in case there are questions.
  4. Make a list of questions you want to ask. It's important to stay focused during your meeting. Having a list of questions -- whether that's about support, custody of the children or the division of property -- can make the meeting go easier.

The divorce process can be complicated, but every step forward you make will ultimately bring you closer to your goals.

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