Once you’ve come to the decision to divorce you need to start gathering documentation that will be needed during the divorce process. Whether you use an attorney or go the Pro Se route, the following is a list of all documents that you will need to give your divorce attorney:
- Full addresses, phone numbers, and Social Security numbers of both spouses.
- Full names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, and addresses of all children of the marriage, and their schools and grades.
- The date and county of the marriage.
- Information about any prior marriage of either spouse, including a certified copy of the divorce decree.
- A copy of any domestic contracts (e.g., a prenuptial agreement).
- Information about any previous legal proceedings between the spouses or involving any of the children (e.g. restraining orders, domestic violence orders).
- Dates and particulars about any previous separations, attempts at reconciliation, or marriage counseling.
- Your previous three year's income tax return, and any related data from the IRS.
- Information about your current income, copies of pay stubs, financial records for any businesses you or your spouse owns.
- A list of substantial assets and liabilities of both spouses.
- Copies of any applications for credit, such as mortgage applications which often contain a wealth of helpful information.
- Copies of bank account numbers and statements, either joint or separate to include checking and savings.
Be sure to keep the originals of all documents and give your attorney copies. You should always have, in your possession a copy or the original of every document you give your attorney.