You have retained a family law attorney and are scheduled for your next meeting of substance. When meeting with your divorce attorney, it’s important you’re prepared with a number of documents pertaining to your marriage, your financials and any evidence of cruelty, adultery, substance abuse or any other proven grounds.
What to Bring:
- Personal information (you and your spouse’s full names, names of you children, dates of birth, places of birth, etc.)
- A copy of any premarital agreements created before the marriage
- Statements showing evidence and details of you and your spouse’s income
- Copies of the last three to five years’ tax returns
- Your credit report
- Copies of all credit card statements for the past year
- Copies of your real estate warranty deed and deeds to any property you and/or your spouse own or have purchased during the marriage.
- Documents regarding your car titles, registrations, etc.
- Photos, videos, and any evidence or proof of adultery (if this is indeed one of your grounds for the divorce)
- Proof of extreme cruelty (if this is one of your grounds for the divorce)
- Bank account statements
- List of any belongings you want that is worth over $500.00 in value
- A current budget of your household’s living expenses
- A written list of any specific assets or debts
- Documents related to retirement plans, life insurance and any annuities
- Documents that show health, life, automobile and liability insurance and documents with descriptions of all heath insurance benefits (medical, dental, etc).
- Any prior agreement on custody or visitation arrangements established by you and your spouse
- Any written questions or concerns for your chosen attorney.It’s important to be prepared with the necessary documents when meeting with your divorce attorney. If you are prepared with these documents in advance, it will save you time and money.