What Documents Should I Begin Gathering for My Divorce Case?
Aside from the initial forms that must be filed with the court to get the divorce process started, there are certain documents you may be required to present in order for a final decision to be made on your case. To ensure you have all the proper paperwork that is required to be filed along with the supporting documentation that can help strengthen your case, you are encouraged to retain an experienced divorce lawyer in Hollywood, FL. The Law Offices of Jodie Bassichis, P.A. not only possesses the knowledge and skill to assist you with your divorce case, but we are also qualified to provide legal aid to those dealing with matters involving child custody, child support, etc. in Hollywood, FL.
If you haven’t yet hired a Hollywood, FL divorce attorney to represent you in your divorce case, you are encouraged to contact our office to speak with a skilled attorney who can explain why it benefits you to retain legal counsel when going through a divorce in the State of Florida.
Documents You Might Consider Gathering to Help Prepare for Your Divorce Case
The list of documents we are sharing with you below are only some of the things you may be required to present to the court. You should keep in mind that the documents you may be asked to supply might differ as it all depends on your particular circumstances. For example, if you do not have any dependent children or are not seeking alimony from your spouse, then you may not be required to provide certain financial information.
With that in mind, below are some of the things you might begin to look for and gather if you or your spouse are preparing to file for divorce.
Proof of income. If you and your spouse have dependent children together, before the court can determine which party should pay child support and how much of it, it must consider how much income both of you are bringing in. Your pay stubs are one way to prove how much you are making and having these handy now will only make things easier for you in the future. The fact is, it can be rather stressful trying to locate your paystubs when the pressure is on after a deadline has been set for you to provide this information to the court. So, rather than wait until you only have a limited time to gather your proof of income, why not begin looking for this now.
You may also be required to provide proof of income if you or your spouse are seeking alimony. Before a court can award alimony to either party, certain factors, including income, must be taken into consideration.
Documentation for expenses including, but not limited to:
Receipts for childcare expenses. If you are currently providing more than half the support for your child(ren), it would behoove you to gather evidence that proves this. If you are paying for their daycare, medical expenses, food, clothing, rent, etc., this will help prove to the court that you are doing your part as a parent and providing for your child. Those who are seeking sole custody of their child might also want to gather documentation that proves they are paying more than half of child-related expenses as it could potentially help them obtain the outcome they are seeking.
Business receipts. If you are wanting to maintain ownership of a business that was established while you were married and have proof that you funded the business without any contribution from your spouse, you might want to gather receipts that prove this so that you have them when needed.
Documentation for any bank accounts you and your spouse have or other types of financial accounts you acquired during your marriage. Because most spouses are required to divide their assets and debts equally during their divorce, that is unless they have come to their own agreement on how these should be divided on their own, you will want to have documentation that shows which accounts you have together (and separately) and how much is in each. You will want to gather documentation for things like bank accounts, credit cards, retirement savings accounts, etc.
Now, to be sure you are fully prepared for your divorce and that the outcome you are seeking is the outcome obtained, we encourage you to contact our office now to retain a Hollywood, FL divorce lawyer who will protect your interests and assist you throughout the entire process.
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