Top items to have on hand when meeting with your divorce attorney
If you’re planning on getting a divorce SC has established guidelines that have been designed to make the process more straightforward and streamlined. But despite those clearly defined rules, navigating the divorce process can still be difficult, especially since most people involved in divorce are already under considerable stress.
There are several ways you can help ensure the process moves as smoothly as possible, including making sure your attorney has all the paperwork he or she needs to properly protect your interests. Here’s a quick overview of the paperwork you should have on hand when you meet with your divorce lawyer for the first time:
- Tax returns for the past three years
- Bank statements including savings and checking
- Retirement account statements including employer-sponsored programs like 401Ks and pension plans as well as individual retirement accounts
- Brokerage account statements
- Pay stubs for the last three pay periods
- Credit card statements
- Deeds and mortgage statements for real estate owned
- Loan documents for personal loans or loans on non-real estate property
- Car titles, registrations and loan documentation
All of these items will help your attorney determine an “equitable” or fair division of assets, and they also play a critical role in helping determine how much spousal or child support to request. In addition, pay stubs and tax returns may have information about medical expenses and benefits which can be useful in determining a final decree.
You’ll also want to bring these more “personal” items:
- A list of marital property you’d like to retain after the divorce;
- A list of topics and concerns you want to address;
- Photographs of your children, your home or your possessions that can help your lawyer develop the strongest case possible.
If you’re going through a divorce SC attorney E. Lindsay Blanks has the skills and experience to make sure your interests and the interests of your children are fully represented. Give us a call today at (843)-863-1800 to schedule a free consultation so you can get the help – and the peace of mind – you need.