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Confidentiality corner: What to share with your divorce counsel

On Behalf of | Apr 10, 2024 | Family Law

Going through a divorce can feel overwhelming, and the idea of sharing intimate details with someone you just met might add to the stress. But remember, your divorce representative is there to protect your rights and complete honesty is vital to a successful outcome.

While you do not need to reveal every tiny detail of your life, disclosing all relevant (and potentially relevant) information can strengthen your case. The more your legal counsel understands your circumstances, the better equipped they will be to navigate negotiations, mediation or North Carolina’s family court system in order to advocate for your best interests.

Sensitive information

It’s understandable to be hesitant, but it’s crucial to inform your representative about any marital misconduct, like infidelity or abuse. If this information surfaces later, it could weaken your position. Early disclosure allows your team to develop a strategic response that minimizes the impact on your case.

Financial transparency

Financial matters are a cornerstone of most divorces and require full financial disclosure. Be upfront with your counsel about any hidden assets or bank accounts. Full disclosure now ensures their readiness to address any claims or allegations raised by your spouse later.

Your divorce goals

Your representative cannot advocate for you effectively if they don’t understand your desired outcome. Do you have concerns about a proposed child custody arrangement? Are there specific assets you want to protect? Informing your counsel empowers them to negotiate for you, helping to better ensure a fair settlement.

As experienced family law professionals, we have dealt with a wide range of sensitive situations. Our focus always remains on protecting your rights throughout the divorce process, not judging your choices. We urge you to contact our firm to learn more about the ins and outs of North Carolina divorces and how we can help.