We won’t have time for a lot of detail about your relationship history, so it will help if you can distil things down to some essentials if possible – here’s an example:
“We met in 1990 and dated for 2 years then moved in together in 1991, into a home we rented (or that I/they owned). We married in 1995 and I announced the separation in July of 2020. We have three kids, Abel who is 21 and at Carleton in 4th year, Beatrice who is 19 and at Algonquin in her 1st year, and Chantal who is 16 and in 11th grade at De La Salle. We still live under the same roof, in a house we co-own, but things are getting more tense. We want to move ahead with the separation details while we can still keep things amicable.”
Focus on cohabitation and marriage dates, where you lived, who owned where you lived, any children involved and where they are now in their journey. Also what people do and what they earn annually is helpful (gross income, on line 150 of their last tax return, or best estimate if no actual evidence).
More than 25 years of these consults have taught me we almost always cover the following basics – KINDLY WATCH THESE SHORT VIDEOS AHEAD OF YOUR INITIAL CONSULT! Get the basics here, that will make our time more efficient and helpful!
CAN YOU JUST ANSWER THIS QUESTION FOR ME? What we CAN AND CAN’T cover in the call
WHAT LEGAL ISSUES ARE THERE? FOCUS on what we can resolve LEGALLY not distractions
WHAT ARE MY PROCESS OPTIONS? HOW you discuss and resolve things is KEY
WHAT ABOUT COSTS? HOW YOUR BILL is calculated – what is charged, hourly rates, what to EXPECT
Intro : Preparing for your initial consult
Video 1 : What are the “Family Issues”?
Video 2 : What are my “Process Options”?
Video 3 : Can you just telle me the answer?
Video 4 : What about the cost?