“What Documents Should I Gather For My Family Law Case?”

For the most part, the documents you are going to need are going to be financial in nature, with a few exceptions. While what you need can vary from case to case, here are some that you should make sure you copy and save.

*Bank account statements. You particularly need statements from around the date of marriage and the date of separation.
*Recent pay-stubs.
*Titles to cars, houses, or other items with ownership documents.
*Documents showing retirement plans, including statements and plan descriptions.
*Credit card statements.
*Insurance statements.
*Any agreements you have with your spouse.
*Taxes for the past 5 years.
*Profit and loss statements if you own your own business.
*Closing documents and statements if you recently bought or sold a house.

On the non-financial end, you want to save things like reports cards, attendance records, school awards, calendars with schedules, and text messages and e-mails relating to custody.

Another item can be pictures of injuries. In some cases, people stay in relationships too long, waiting for the other person to change. If this is your circumstance, you should save pictures of any injuries you receive and seek help immediately.

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