During a consultation with a divorce attorney you will be asked questions about your life and marital history. You may also be asked to provide documents to help to create an overview of your situation.
A divorce attorney will use these documents to develop the best strategy to protect your assets and move your case through the court system.
The documents you provide may give your divorce attorney insight into issues that may arise in your case around asset distribution, spousal support and child support.
You can save time and legal fees by gathering documents prior to meeting
with your divorce attorney.
There are eight types of documents you will need to give your divorce attorney: identity, legal, income, financial assets, property assets, financial liabilities, taxes, and expenses.
- Current Driver’s License;
- Social Security cards – yours, spouse, children;
- Children’s birth certificates;
- Immigration and naturalization records;
- Any relevant correspondence for spouse or their attorney;
- Any legal documents from previous issues related to this divorce;
- Any pre-nuptial or post-nuptial agreements;
- Domestic partnership of dissolution agreements;
- Domestic violence or restraining orders;
- Living wills;
- Powers of Attorney;
- Durable Powers of Attorney;
- Advance Health Care Directives;
- Employment records;
- Recent pay-stubs for you and your spouse;
- Social security statements for you and your spouse;
- Offer letters if starting new job;
- Employment contracts for current job;
- Income from any businesses you hold an interest in or own;
- Investments, annuities, stock options, bonds, mutual funds; trusts;
- Retirement accounts, pensions, 401k, IRAs;
- Life insurance policies for you, your spouse and your children;
- Beneficiary information and wills for financial assets;
- Bank statements for all joint and individual savings and checking accounts for past 3-5 years;
- Health care and any other employment benefit statements
- Any other documents that can help establish your net worth and your spouse’s net worth;
- Residential, commercial, vacation and investment property records including deeds, titles, mortgage statements, refinance documents, leases, appraisals, tax assessments, tax liens, and insurance documents;
- Automobiles and related insurance documents;
- Business or office equipment;
- Personal property such as jewelry, artwork, clothing, furniture, and computers;
- Inherited property;
- Contents of safe deposit boxes;
- Unsecured Credit Card Debt;
- Medical Bills;
- Personal or Business Loans;
- IRS arrears with payment schedule;
- Individual or joint state and federal tax returns for past 3-5 years for both you and your spouse;
- Business state and federal tax returns for past 3-5 years for both you and your spouse;
- W-2 statements for past 3-5 years for both you and your spouse;
FAMILY AND HOUSEHOLD EXPENSES
- Child care;
- Health care;
- Vehicle payments;
Providing your divorce attorney with relevant documents is critical to building support for your case in court. Gathering all this documentation can be intimidating but an experienced divorce attorney can guide you through the process.
WORK WITH EXPERIENCED FAMILY LAW ATTORNEYS
The team at Oxendine & Sauls is standing by to assist you with the divorce process. Our divorce attorneys have extensive experience in protecting client assets.