A list of IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS to gather when preparing for a divorce:
- TAX RETURNS
Copies of all federal and state income tax returns for the last three tax years.
- INCOME SINCE LAST TAX RETURN
Your and spouse's pay stubs, copies of Wage and Tax Statement, Form W-2, Form 1099 and/or 1099-INT, Form K-1s, and any and all other documents reflecting income received by you and your spouse for the last 12 months.
- BANK ACCOUNTS
Copies of bank statements and account statements for the last three years standing in your name and/or with your spouse.
- FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
Copies of financial statements or statements of net worth prepared by or for you, individually or jointly with your spouse.
- LOAN APPLICATIONS
Copies of loan applications and financial statements, which relate to any business or investment in which you or your spouse have any interest, plus all personal loan applications and personal financial statements of you and/or your spouse.
- PENSION, KEOGH, IRA, ETC..., PLANS
Plan summaries, annual beneficiary statements, periodic reports, relating to any retirement, pension, profit sharing, stock option, or other employee benefit plan, in which you and/or your spouse have had any interest at any time during the period of your marriage.
- STOCK AND MUTUAL FUNDS
Copies of stock certificates, bonds, certificates of deposits, brokerage statements, and other documents evidencing investments or securities owned by you and your spouse.
- TRUST, ESTATES
Copies of trust agreements, fiduciary income tax returns, and periodic accountings relating to any trust in which you or your spouse have any interest.
- REAL PROPERTY OWNERSHIP
Copies of deeds, policies of title insurance, copies of promissory notes, copies of deeds of trust, mortgages or other liens, and other records pertaining to any real property (houses, buildings, land, and the like) owned by you and/or your spouse.
- OBLIGATIONS AGAINST REAL PROPERTY
Copies of statements of account, bills, annual statements, and other records pertaining to all debts and obligations secured by deed(s) of trust or mortgage(s) on real property owned by you and/or your spouse.
- SAFE DEPOSIT BOXES, VAULTS AND SAFES
Copies of all signature cards, agreements, and other records pertaining to all safety deposit boxes, vaults and/or safes standing in your and/or your spouse's name
- AUTOMOBILES AND VEHICLES
Copies of Certificate(s) of Ownership (pink slip), registration cards or slips, and any other records pertaining to each and every vehicle owned by your and/or your spouse.
- LIFE INSURANCE
Copies of all life insurance policies, certificates, and other records and evidence of life insurance insuring your and/or your spouse's life.
- PARTNERSHIP TAX RETURNS
Copies of partnership tax returns (both state and federal) filed by any partnership, limited partnership, or joint venture, in which you and/or your spouse have any interest
- CORPORATE TAX RETURNS
Copies of corporate income tax returns (both state and federal) filed by any corporation in which you and/or your spouse have any interest.
- BUSINESS FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
Copies of financial statements for any proprietorship, joint venture, partnership, closely held corporation and/or other legal entity in which you or your spouse have any interest.
- BANK RECORDS OF BUSINESS
Copies of bank statements and other documents standing in the name of, any business in which you and/or your spouse have any interest.
- SOCIAL MEMBERSHIPS
Copies of contracts, monthly statements and invoices relating to your membership or your spouse's membership in any country club, beach club, or other social organizations.
- BILLS AND DEBTS
Copies of all bills, statements of account, and other records and documents evidencing your and your spouse's present indebtedness.
- CREDIT CARDS AND CHARGE ACCOUNT RECORDS
Copies of monthly statements, billings, and invoices of any charge accounts with any credit card organizations, in your and/or your spouse's name.
- COURT DOCUMENTS
Copies of pertinent court documents.