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Documents to Prepare if You Plan on Filing for Divorce

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If you are planning on filing for a divorce, you are going to need to get your ducks in a row first to save yourself a bit of time and ensure your attorney has everything that is necessary to effectively get the ball rolling. For many, however, this is a first-time experience, so you might not know which documents you might need to gather or prepare before you move forward. We are here to help you with that.

Here is a list of some of the documents you should prepare if you plan on getting a divorce:

  • Documentation of all sources of income: This can include a vast range of documents, such as paycheck stubs from any jobs you might have had over the past year, your spouse’s paycheck stubs, statements of net worth, bank statements, copies of tax returns, and more. These are all necessary pieces of the puzzle for calculating spousal support and the division of assets and property.
  • Documentation regarding any real estate you own: If you and your spouse own real estate, you will need documentation, such as mortgage statements, refinancing documents, or documents regarding its purchase.
  • Documentation regarding joint financial accounts: You will need documentation for both your joint and individual accounts, including all bank statements from the past 2 years. If you have investment accounts, include documentation of this as well.
  • Documentation regarding any marital debts: If you and your spouse have insecure or outstanding debts, you will need documentation of this as well, regardless of whose name they are in.
  • Documentation regarding the vehicles you own: Be sure to also collect documentation regarding any vehicles, boats, farm equipment, and other vehicles you or your spouse own, whether it be individually or jointly.

Other documents you should provide for your attorney in preparation for your divorce include any wills, pension statements, a monthly budget worksheet, life insurance policies, personal property (such as fine jewelry or artwork), and health insurance policies. The more documents you provide, the better. If you are in doubt of whether or not you should include something, err on the side of caution and provide it for your attorney. It will at least save some time if it turns out that it is necessary.

Schedule a Consultation with an Experienced Attorney Today!

If you and your spouse are in the process of getting a divorce, do not put off hiring an attorney to help you navigate your way through this emotionally difficult situation. At Hope Law Firm, our divorce team is here to provide you with compassionate service, exceptional representation, and sound legal advice you need to ensure that your interests are well protected as you dissolve your marriage.

Contact our law office today at (515) 305-2772 to schedule a confidential case review with one of our experienced and knowledgeable attorneys. You should not have to go through this on your own!