Preparing for Your Free Consultation

You’ve landed in a safe space. Take a deep breath. You are in the right place to get help.

I personally provide clients with detailed, free consultations so that we can truly explore if we are the best fit for one another.

Before you do that, please help me to help you best by reading our guide on how to prepare for your free consultation. Take another deep breath.

What to Expect in a Consultation

These are the areas we might be exploring together in a phone consultation or video meeting.

Keesha Montoya family law attorney in Austin, Cedar Park, Round Rock, New Orleans, Seattle
I want to provide that safe space for you to take a breath so that you have the clarity to understand the path that you are undertaking and participate fully in crafting the best way to safeguard your rights and needs.

Don’t worry–you don’t need to know all the answers right now.

Yet, if you take just a little time to read and consider these questions, you will  get more out of the free consultation and walk away in a better space whether you decide to retain me or not.

Scroll down and click or tap on the set of questions that applies to your specific situation:

If you are married and experiencing violence, consider these questions:

Are you (and your children) safe?

What support system, friends, shelter, money, access to bank accounts, vehicle, therapists for you and/or children do you have access to?

Has the other party been arrested and/or convicted of any crimes? What? Where? When?

Are drugs/substance abuse issues? 

Is a temporary restraining order needed or going to be requested? (i.e. kick out orders) 

Do you and your spouse have a residence that may or may not be community property?

Are you in the home? If so, is spouse still in the home with you? Do you need/want a kick out order? 

What assets/debts including but not limited credit card, mortgage(s) exist?

What are your monthly expenses?

In terms of and possession (custody schedule)-what do you want that to look like? No access? Supervised? Standard (1st, 3rd, 5th weekends), Expanded (1st, 3rd, 5th and Thursdays), 50/50?

What is your spouse’s income? Yours? 

Will you be asking for child support?

Will you be asking for interim spousal support?

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If you are married with children without family/domestic violence consider these questions:

What type of access and possession schedule do you want? Standard (1st, 3rd, 5th weekend), Expanded standard which includes Thursdays, or 50/50, 5225 or some variation o a 50/50?  

Is there a martial residence? What is it value? What vehicles, assets (401K’s, pensions) and debts exist? 

What is your spouse’s income from employment? 

Are you asking for child support, day care expenses, and/or expenses related to caring for special needs of children beyond what child support will cover?

Are there an informal or formal agreements between spouses concerning, children, property, child support?

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If you are not married and have children, these questions are for you:

Are there any current orders concerning the children? Is there a divorce decree? Is there a final Order in Suit that may affect the parent/child relationship?. If so, then have current order available for review at time of consult. 

If no current orders exist, then what is informal current access and possession schedule currently? If none, then what would you like to see in terms of an access and possession schedule? Does the other party agree? 

What is your income? What is the income of the other party?

Will you be asking for child support? Day care expenses? Additional costs? 

Are there issues that would prevent standard, expanded standard or 50/50 schedule?    

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