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Checklist: Documents to Show Your Divorce Attorney

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Divorce is complicated - legally, financially, and emotionally. In order to ensure the best possible outcome, gather the following documents together and provide copies to your attorney, along with any others he or she specifically requests. By so doing, the two of you can work together as partners to reach a resolution of your divorce that protects your and your children's immediate and long-term interests.

____Individual income tax returns for past three to five years (federal, state, and local)
____Business income tax returns for past three to five years (federal, state, and local)
____Proof of your current income
____Proof of spouse's current income
____Prenuptial agreement
____Separation agreement
____Bank statements
____Certificates of deposit
____Pension statements
____Retirement account statements
____Trusts
____Stock portfolios
____Stock options
____Mortgages
____Property tax statements
____Credit card statements
____Loan documents
____Utility bills
____Other bills (e.g., school tuition, unreimbursed medical bills, music lessons for children, etc.)
____Monthly budget worksheet
____Completed financial statements
____Employment contracts
____Benefits statements
____Life insurance policies
____Health insurance policies
____Homeowner's insurance policies
____Automobile insurance policies
____Personal property appraisals
____Real property appraisals
____List of personal property, including home furnishings, jewelry, artwork, computers, home office equipment, clothing and furs, etc.
____List of property owned by each spouse prior to marriage
____List of property acquired by each spouse individually by gift or inheritance during the marriage
____List of contents of safety deposit boxes
____Wills
____Living Wills
____Powers of Attorney
____Durable Powers of Attorney
____Advance Health Care Directives
Next Steps
Contact a qualified divorce attorney to make sure
your rights are protected.
(e.g., Chicago, IL or 60611)

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