What Documents Does My Divorce Attorney Need? One of the most asked questions here at Melissa Pearce & Associates, PLC, is: “What information do you need from me for my divorce?” Sometimes that answer is not simple. It depends on what is requested during the discovery process. However, we want to share with you our recommended documents that you should bring with you to your first meeting with a divorce attorney. This will help your legal team to get your divorce started.
- Picture Identification.
- Your financial documents.
- Bank statements, the previous two months is a good start.
- Paystubs, the previous two months is typically ideal.
- Any information about a MDHHS case (cash assistance, food stamps, Section 8 housing assistance).
- Tax Returns, both personal and business, if applicable, for the previous three years.
- Documents related to your assets an debts.
- Deed to Home(s).
- Current mortgage statement(s).
- Property tax statement(s).
- Any recent appraisals for home(s).
- Motor vehicle titles (boats, motorcycles, ATV, RV, jet ski, airplane, trailer, snowmobile).
- Debt statements (medical bills, credit card statements, loan statements, unpaid utility bills, lines of credit, motor vehicle loans).
- Other assets such as jewelry, art collections, or safety deposit box contents.
- Premarital assets would be anything that you owned prior to your marriage and were not commingled during the marriage. Provide proof that it was acquired prior to the date of marriage, and that you have maintained it as a separate property for the duration of your marriage, which means that no marital income has gone to pay for that property. You will need documents to trace all funds used for the asset or deposited into a premarital account to demonstrate marital funds were not used or commingled with the assets. These will require that your legal team analyze the characteristic of the assets against the law.
- Retirement/Pension/Investment Accounts
- 401K and 403B Statements.
- Pension plans from employer, including but not limited to defined benefit plans.
- Employer paid life insurance.
- Life insurance policy.
- IRA Statement.
- Inheritance Information.
If you had any of these accounts prior to marriage we will need the last statement dated before the date of marriage. By providing these documents early in your case, you help your legal team start your case off strong.
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