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Top 10 Things To Bring To The First Meeting With Your Divorce Attorney

  1. Documents evidencing your and your spouse’s assets; such as:

Bank Statements

Brokerage Statements

401k, 403b, IRA, Roth-IRA, SEP-IRA, TSP, Pension Statements, FERS or CSRS Statements

Bonds

Mutual Fund Statements

College Fund Statements

Stock Option Statements

 

  1. Information evidencing the value of your family home, vacation home, rental properties; such as:

Zillow Zestimate

Values from Reator.com or Redfin, etc.

Appraisals

Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) from a local realtor

 

  1. Information evidencing the value of your vehicles; such as

Kelley Blue Book Values

Bills of Sale

 

  1. Documents evidencing your and your spouse’s liabilities; such as

Mortgage Statements including monthly payment amount and balance due

Credit Card Statements

Car Loan Statements including monthly payment amount and balance due

Personal Loan Statements including monthly payment amount and balance due

Student Loan Statements including monthly payment amount and balance due

A recent copy of your credit report (Experian, TransUnion, Equifax)

 

  1. Documents evidencing your and your spouse’s income and bonuses; such as

Recent Paystubs

Recent W-2s

Recent Tax Returns

Employment Contracts

 

  1. Documents evidencing the cost of health insurance (for the children only if possible) and Life Insurance policies

 

  1. Evidence of the cost of work related child care; such as

Child Care invoices and/or cancelled checks, receipts, credit card payments and bank statements

Before and After Care invoices and/or cancelled checks, receipts, credit card payments and bank statements

Au Pair Contracts

Nanny Contracts

 

  1. Evidence of the expenses incurred for the activities of your children; such as

Sports

Music/Art Lessons

Tutoring

 

  1. Documentation from your spouse’s attorney; such as

Letters

Proposed Agreements

Pleadings (Complaints, Petitions, etc.)

 

  1. Documentation relating to your current situation; such as

Prior Court Orders relating to you and your spouse

Prior Signed Agreements relating to you and your spouse

Prenuptial Agreements

Postnuptial Agreements

Court Orders requiring you to pay child support or alimony to someone other than your current spouse

 

While all or none of this information and/or documentation is necessary for the first meeting with your divorce attorney, it will certainly help your lawyer provide you with more accurate and individualized information right away.

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