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Documents You Should Gather for Your Divorce

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Documents Needed to Prepare for Divorce

In the early stages of a divorce, there are several things you should do to prepare. One of the most important things that should be taken into consideration while you’re planning your divorce is gathering all of the documentation you’ll need to move on once you’re single.

During a legal proceeding, such as a divorce, you should consider consulting with an attorney to help you gather the correct documents to have during and after the divorce. If you do decide to go the route of hiring an attorney, having documents ready will save your attorney time before your consultation.

Benefits of Being Prepared

A divorce can become increasingly difficult if you’re not organized and prepared. The more organized you are, the more your attorney can do for you and work quickly through your case.

Once you have all of your records and documents ready, your attorney will be able to provide you with a clear view of your case. You’ll also be able to have a better view of what your financial situation is like during the divorce and how you may fair after the divorce is final.

Documents Needed for Divorce

When you are dealing with child support, spousal support, or the division of property, there are 4 important terms to keep in mind.  They are income, expenses, assets, and debts.

Here are some records you might need to take to your attorney when you go for your initial consultation:

  • Last three pay check stubs.
  • Stock Portfolios.

  • Individual tax return from the past five years.

  • Photo ID and social security number.

  • Proof of residency in your county, like an address and bill from that address.

  • Your spouse’s social security number and date of birth.

  • Marriage certificate.

  • Bank statements from all accounts.

  • Mortgage statements.

  • Benefits information.

  • Life insurance policy information.

  • Health insurance policy information.

  • List of property and assets owned prior to marriage.

  • List of property and assets acquired during the marriage.

  • Documentation of an inheritance or valuable gift.

There are many more documents that are needed during the early stages of a divorce, and you may not be able to acquire all of them at once. Your attorney will be able to inform you about all of the paperwork they will need to get started on your filing.

Ask An Attorney

If you’re unsure about all of the documents you will need to have ready prior to filing for a divorce, our experienced attorneys at SANTO MEHAS A Professional Law Corporation can assist you. We can help you collect all of the information you need to get started with filing for your divorce. Call our office today at (805) 222-7818 to begin the divorce process.

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