What is the first step if you get served with papers for divorce?

Rip off that band-aid and go see a lawyer immediately. Not “as soon as possible,” right now. Now. Without delay. Without any delay. 

Yes, I know you don’t trust lawyers. I know you think they are way too expensive. Go find the best lawyer you can and talk to him or her anyway. just go consult with a lawyer for half an hour or more. I’m not saying you have to run out and hire a lawyer immediately. But you do need to talk to a lawyer and find out what you’re up against in divorce. And you need to do it now. It will be one of the smartest decisions and one of the best investments you will ever make. It will be one of your biggest regrets if you don’t do it. 

So many people suffer by succumbing to the temptation to bury their heads in the sand when misfortune strikes. 

You have no time to waste. The quicker you act, the more options you have. 

Get on the phone and/or online and find a good lawyer (any lawyer is a waste of your time and money—do you best to find who appears to be the best lawyer you can find to consult) to meet with or talk with over the phone for at least 30 minutes. 

Be willing to pay a hundred dollars or so for a real, substantive consultation. 

“Free consultations” are hit and miss. Most “free consultations” are not for your benefit, but for the benefit of the lawyer. They’re sales pitches. You won’t learn much, and what you’re told may not be terribly frank and candid. 

Learn what you’re up against. It’s not what you think. No, really, it’s not what you think. 

No, really. It’s not what you think. 

Even if you cannot afford a good attorney (or believe you can’t) to represent you throughout your entire divorce case, NO ONE can afford not to consult with a good divorce attorney for at least half an hour just to get inoculated against the ignorance, the shock, the pain, the trickery, and misery one can (and likely will) experience when going through divorce. 

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