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Your divorce checklist

Whether or not you have a prenup, you will need many documents to get your divorce. If you have a prenup, you will want to give that to your legal representation as soon as possible. However, you will still need to get a lot of documents together for the process.

Here is what you can expect to be sticking in your divorce folder.

Financial documents

Your attorney will need a long list of financial documents to get your forms filled out correctly. The most important include:

  • Individual and business tax returns
  • Proof of income
  • Proof of your spouse’s income
  • Bank statements
  • Certificates of deposits

Depending on your age and financial status, you may also have to include pension statements, retirement account statements, trust information, stock portfolios and options, a monthly budget plan, financial statements, employment contracts and benefits. You will also have to provide information on the amount of money you spend, including your mortgage information, property taxes, credit card statements, loan documents and regular bills.

Marriage documents

As mentioned, you will want to present your prenup if you have one. You should also have divorce decrees from previous marriages ready, if applicable.

Insurance policies

The final thing you will want to have ready is your insurance policies. These include:

  • Life
  • Health
  • Homeowner’s
  • Car

While they may not seem important, they can contribute to the itemized property list your representation will need to make.

Your legal representative will ask you for the exact documents you need. However, it is a good idea to have this checklist compiled ahead of time. That can speed up the divorce process. In other words, by preparing, you can get your divorce faster.