Knowledge is power. This is a very familiar saying that is equally as true in the realm of divorce as it is in any other situation. If you have decided that you are ready to peruse your divorce in Georgia or the Atlanta Metro area, there are two things you should do first: 1) seek the advice of an Atlanta divorce attorney and 2) gather as much information that may be relevant to your divorce as you possibly can.
Theoretically, divorce is the termination of a marital relationship. Practically however, divorce is the separation of two lives, not only emotionally, but physically and financially as well. Generally, the two main areas of contention in divorce matters are property division and child custody. Keeping this in mind, it is essential to ensure that you arm yourself with information regarding your family’s finances, property and assets. Additionally, you should also gather information and records concerning your children’s health and education.
Below is a short list of the types of information you will need to be adequately prepared for your divorce.
- Personal financial information, like bank accounts, credit and accounts, retirement accounts, tax returns and pay statements, for you and your spouse.
- Mortgage or leasing information for your marital residence or any other residence owned or leased by you and your spouse.
- A list of the assets owned or debts owed by you and your spouse, both individually and jointly.
- Personal identification, like passports, driver’s licenses, and social security cards.
- Child related information, like school and medical records, along with information concerning child care related expenses.
Copies of insurance policies, wills or trust, and any evidence proving domestic abuse, adultery, or any other fault or wrongdoing of your spouse that may be relevant to your divorce.