Sometimes, your spouse may file for divorce out of nowhere. However, some people are aware that divorce may be inevitable.If this is the case in your situation, take the opportunity to protect your rights by gathering certain information to prepare for a divorce case.

Many divorces are adversarial, especially regarding financial and property division issues. Sadly,some people try to withhold information regarding assets and property from their spouse to reduce a property settlement or support award. You always want to ensure that you have access to all the necessary information and documents before a case is filed. Bringing this information to meet with your attorney will also allow them to give you a better idea of possible complications in your divorce.

Account Information

Many of us access our financial accounts online, and you should make sure that you have all the necessary account numbers, sign-in IDs, passwords, and other information. Be sure you know how to access all bank accounts, investment accounts, retirement accounts, insurance policies, and accounts for your debts.

Property Inventory

You should be aware of all of the property you own, including both real property and personal property. While it may seem tedious, you should go room to room and take inventory of your possessions,including:

  • Furniture
  • Electronics
  • Appliances
  • Clothing
  • Dishes and kitchenware
  • Jewelry
  • Cash
  • Tools
  • Books
  • Recreational vehicles and equipment
  • Cars

Income Documents

You should also have documents that show the income for both you and your spouse, which may include pay stubs, tax documents and returns, investment income statement, benefit statements, and more. You want to have a clear picture of what your spouse earns, including commissions,bonuses, benefits, and any other source of income.

Contact a Beaufort Family Law Firm for Help Today

Being prepared can often help protect your interests in a divorce. At the Fender Law Firm, our Beaufort divorce lawyer can advise you of documents to collect and work to ensure you receive a favorable outcome. Call 843.379.4888 or contact us online to set up a free consultation.

Addison Addison

Addison Dowling Fender

At the Fender Law Firm, my wife Tracy and I are keeping alive the Fender/Dowling tradition of providing honest and effective legal services to our clients.