When you’ve decided it’s time to talk to an attorney and proceed with a divorce, one of the first steps you’ll take will be meeting with that attorney for an initial consult to get your case started. While, of course, you don’t have to prepare anything for this meeting, if you have some time, getting some specific documents ready to bring with you can be helpful to:
- Giving the attorney a clear picture of the potential issues in your divorce
- For you in that you can get some more specific answers about your case (while getting your divorce started more efficiently).
Your Divorce Checklist: Here’s What to Bring to an Initial Consult with a Divorce Lawyer
General Info about you, your spouse and any children you share. Specifically, some of this can include:
- Your spouse’s name, birthdate and social security number
- The same info for any children you share.
- Financial Info for both you and your spouse. In particular, such info can include:
- Banking information, including checking and savings account statements (for both separate and joint accounts if possible)
- Income information, which can include paystubs, copies of commission checks or other items that can establish you and/or your spouse’s income
- Income tax information, including (when possible) tax returns for the past year (or two)
- Retirement account information (if and when applicable).
- Debt-Related Info for both you and your spouse. Specifically, this type of info can include:
- Mortgage loan information, including how much you and your spouse owe on any and all mortgage loans you share
- Credit card debt information, including the total debt owed for joint (and separate) lines of credit
- Car loan information, including how much you and/or your spouse owe on open vehicle loans
- Info regarding any other joint lines of credit and/or outstanding debt you and your spouse have.
- Property-Related Info to shed some light on the scope of the marital property. In particular, this type of info can include:
- Deeds to homes or other real estate
- Titles to vehicles
- A list of your joint assets.
- Additional Items, which can vary, depending on the details of your situation. Some additional items that may be important to bring can include (but are by no means limited to):
- Business-related documents
- Estate planning documents (like wills, trust documents, etc.)
- Prenups and/or postnup agreements you may have with your spouse
- Copies of protective orders and/or police reports (if applicable).
Littleton Divorce Lawyers at Bahr & Kreidle
Are you ready to proceed with a divorce? If so, it’s time to contact the experienced and skilled Littleton divorce lawyers at Bahr & Kreidle. Since 1983, the Littleton divorce lawyers have been dedicated to vigorously defending our clients’ rights and interests to help them favorably resolve their important family legal issues.
To get more information about your case and how we can help you, let’s meet for an initial consultation. To set up a meeting, call us at (303) 794-7422 or email us using the form on this page.
From our law offices in Littleton, we represent clients throughout Colorado, including in the Denver Metro Area, Arapahoe County, Adams County, Jefferson County and the cities of Lakewood, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Castle Rock, Westminster, Centennial and Aurora.