Divorce is a complex legal process that involves a lot of preparation and paperwork. Many are often unsure exactly which documents to gather for their divorce, however, so we compiled a helpful list to get you started. Keep in mind that no two divorces are alike and you may need to gather additional documents or leave some of these out if they are not applicable to your situation. Our legal team can advise you through this process.
Gathering Documents for Your Divorce
Most of the documents you will need to gather relate to your finances, such as your income and assets. It is crucial to be organized and thorough since the information you gather will be essential during the asset and debt division process.
Here are some of the documents you may need:
- Paycheck stubs from every source of employment over the past few years.
- Documents related to any business expenses, such as payment receipts, bank statements, and financial statements.
- Copies of tax returns from the past few years.
- Mortgage statements and any documents pertaining to the initial purchase of any real estate you may own.
- Bank statements and statements from investment accounts.
- If you have life insurance policies, you will need to provide statements for these as well.
- Information regarding marital debts, including medical bills, credit card bills, and loans.
- Documents related to vehicles, boats, snowmobiles, or ATVs you may own.
Again, not everyone has the same situation, so you may not need to collect some of these documents. If you have more substantial assets or items that are of high value, such as jewelry or art, you will need to include documentation for these as well.
Discuss Your Divorce Case with an Experienced Family Law Attorney Today!
Getting divorced can be a complex and difficult process, which is why it is crucial to hire an attorney with extensive experience in navigating even the most complicated circumstances. At Fait & DiLima, LLP, our family law team has the skill and insight necessary to guide you through this process as smoothly as possible while protecting your interests.