Things happen. I get that. But, generally speaking you should not bring your child to your first meeting with the divorce attorney.
The first meeting with the divorce attorney is tough, emotional and can be embarrassing. At least, you could be discussing potentially embarrassing and confidential matters. This is no place for small children. They will be bored, hungry, thirsty, have to use the bathroom, and will break things in the office. They will eat all of the candy in the dish, touch all the nick-knacks, and if their sibling is there a fight will ensue. They will be loud, hot, cold, sleepy, wired, angry and goodness only knows what they will overhear and repeat at the most inopportune time.
Attorneys probably take for granted that the client knows not to bring their children to the meeting. Don’t. I try to make sure the client has thought about not bringing the children to the meeting. It is genuinely rare that there is no other option. So, if you are a client the only time to take the children is when the attorney requests it. Otherwise, do NOT take your children to the meeting. If there is no other choice, reschedule. If you cannot reschedule, let the attorney know that you must bring your children and bring another adult to watch the children.
Matthew Thompson is a Family Law attorney and implores you to please NOT bring your children to the meeting with the lawyer.
You may also contact Matthew with your family law case, question or concern at (601) 850-8000 or Matthew@bowtielawyer.ms.