Most clients believe that once the long process of getting a divorce has finally concluded, that is the end of their case. In reality, this is just the beginning of implementing and getting what the client bargained for in their divorce. It is important as a practitioner to understand and communicate to the client that there are many steps to conclude the final case. Both the practitioner and client should be reviewing the transcript, court orders, property settlement agreement, and arbitration award, and make final check lists before closing the file.
A good practice tip is to make a list of items that have to be completed pursuant to the party’s agreement. The practitioner should mark all timelines and continue to review those timelines monthly until all items are complete. A good practice is to send a letter to the client outlining what to expect as the case draws to its conclusion.