Information is key during a divorce. Because of this, there are a variety of documents and other types of information you will need to gather before and during the divorce process. Not only will this make the process easier, but it will help ensure that you get what you deserve out of your divorce.

However, some people may not realize what kinds of documents they will need to have handy for the process. Here are some documents you will want to gather to show your attorney

Documents necessary

Every divorce is different, so there is no general rule or guideline for which documents you will need. However, these are a few that are good to have on hand:

  • Tax returns
  • Proof of income
  • Bank statements
  • Retirement account statements
  • Stock options and portfolios
  • Mortgage documents
  • Credit card statements
  • Bills (e.g. utilities, medical bills, school tuition)
  • Loan documents
  • Life, health and auto insurance policies
  • List of property
  • Estate planning documents (e.g. wills, trusts, power of attorney)

Other information you need

In addition to the above documents, you may want to gather other information in preparation for your divorce. Researching the divorce process may help you feel more ready for what is to come.

You may also want to work with your attorney to gather information about your spouse. If you suspect they have hidden assets or know other important details about their life, you should put this information together to show your attorney.

There are many different aspects involved in a divorce, but there are ways to prepare for the process. Gathering documents and information is just one way you can be ready for it.