If you are going through a divorce, you can increase your chances of obtaining a successful outcome in your case by helping your lawyer in the following ways:

  1. Provide your lawyer all pertinent legal documents about your case

    You want to ensure that your attorney is fully aware of the document information pertinent to your case, such as pleadings that were filed, documents that were served or filed in court, financial records, taxes, income information, etc. Valuations of community property, such as blue book values or professional appraisals, as well as statements of bank accounts at the time of separation are documents that you must provide to your attorney.
  2. Prepare a summary of your case

    Your attorney must be aware of the of your side of the story. You need to tell your attorney all of the facts and provide him or her with a case summary and factual and historical account of your marital relationship, as well as the current state of the marriage, such as the custodial timeshare of the children and any conversations or written agreements between the two parties in regard to asset and debt division.
  3. Communicate with your attorney

    It is common for new issues or case developments to arise throughout the divorce process, and you must inform your attorney of such developments. You don't have to harass or hound your attorney, but you must let him or her know that there are new developments in your case, so that he or she can provide you with the guidance needed.