Once you’ve made the decision to get divorced, most don’t want
the process to drag on. The decision has been made, and you’re looking
for a quick resolution. How do you get started on the right foot? Know
Arizona divorce attorney will need and have it with you when you meet with them.
What Will My Divorce Lawyer Need from Me: Information and Documents Needed
to Get Divorced
Properties/Real Estate: address of any real property, date property was acquired, how the property
was purchased (where did the funds come from), information regarding refinancing
or title changes, information regarding claims (by you or your spouse)
of separate property interest in the real property, the deed for each
property, escrow documents from the 1st purchase, refinancing paperwork if applicable, bank statements and checks
showing the source of funds for the property purchase, statements showing
mortgage payments, etc.
Vehicles: Info on when the car was purchased and through what source, purchase price,
information regarding you or your spouse’s claims of separate property
interest in the vehicle, title and registration, purchase documents, bank
statements or checks showing source of funds used for purchase, etc.
Financial Accounts/Stocks: list of all financial accounts (checking, savings, investment, stock brokerage,
etc.) including financial institution’s name, account number and
name of account holders, dates accounts were opened, significant account
activity, statements, etc.
Retirement Accounts: Information regarding when the retirement account was started (i.e. before
or after the marriage), information regarding contributions (voluntary
or mandatory), financial institution name, account number, name of account
holders, significant activity, statements, etc.
Life Insurance: Information regarding type of policy (term or whole life), how the policy
was funded, insurance declaration page, etc.
Business: Name of the business, general nature of operations, structure (LLC, corporation,
etc.), main owners, main operators, general information regarding revenue,
when the business was started, source of startup funding, business tax
returns (past 3-5 years), business profit and loss statements and balance
statement (past 3-5 years), general ledgers and bank statements, etc.
Additional Assets: Other assets could include jewelry, furniture, annuities, intellectual
property (patents, trademarks, etc.) Your lawyer will need information
regarding the asset’s acquisition, the source of the funds for the
purchase, the value at time of purchase, present value, etc.
Income: Where you and your spouse work, how long you have worked there, your salaries,
information on job stability, tax returns, pay stubs, etc.
Marital Lifestyle/Standard of Living: income and spending information, information on assets/debts, marketable
skills and earning capacity for both parties, contribution by each of
you to the other’s education, training, career, etc., need and ability
to pay spousal support, age and health of both parties, information regarding
documented domestic violence or child abuse, etc.
If you need to discuss the issue further,
contact the Arizona divorce attorneys
at Arizona Family Law Attorneys.