A lot goes into choosing a divorce attorney. It is wise to interview three attorneys before you decide which to hire. During the interview process, you can learn about the attorney’s experience, their fees, and get a feel for whether or not you think the two of you could have a good working relationship.
Once you’ve made your decision, your attorney will need information from you in order to get the ball rolling and the divorce process started. Some information is basic and will require no work from you. Other information will require time and energy and it is always best to be prepared.
So, before you even start the interview process, get ahead of the game by gathering as much information as possible. Find the common information your divorce attorney will need below.
1. Your basic information: full name, date of birth, and social security number.
2. Contact information such as an address, landline/cell phone number, and email address.
3. Proof of state residency.
4. Information about your employer: name, address, and phone number.
5. Your length of employment and your monthly or annual salary. You should be prepared to show your attorney at least three years in income tax returns.
6. Your spouse’s basic information: full name, date of birth, and social security number.
7. Contact information for your spouse such as an address, landline/cell phone number, and an email address.
8. Your spouse’s employer information, such as an address and phone number.
9. Your spouse’s length of employment and salary.
10. Where to serve your spouse with divorce papers if the attorney will be doing so. At your spouse’s work or place of residence?
11. Wedding details: the date and place you were married.
12. The name of your spouse’s attorney if he/she has one.
13. The name of a marital therapist you and your spouse visited with times and dates.
14. A list of the marital problems that led to the divorce if they involve alcohol or drug abuse, religious differences, infidelity, sexual incompatibility, or domestic abuse.
15. Information about children from the marriage: the full name, date of birth, and social security number of any children born during the marriage.
16. Current custody arrangements, including which parent the children reside with and whether or not a custody dispute will be part of the divorce process.
17. Information about children from previous marriages on either side: the full names, dates of birth, and social security numbers of any children from a previous marriage.
18. Details about your child support, if applicable: If you pay, how much? If you receive, how much?
19. Details about their child support, if applicable: If they pay, how much? If they receive, how much?
20. Who provides health insurance for the children born of this marriage?
21. Addresses of property owned jointly or separately.
22. Addresses of any mortgage companies you have accounts with.
23. The estimated fair market value of homes owned.
24. The balance on any mortgages.
25. The amount of monthly payment to a mortgage company.
26. A list of all personal transportation: automobiles, boats, motorcycles, trailers, airplanes, or other qualifying vehicles, owned jointly or separately.
27. The year, make, and model of each vehicle and who has possession.
28. The name and address of any lender who may hold the title to any of the items of personal transportation.
29. A list of all joint and separate bank accounts, savings accounts, C.D.’s, Credit Union accounts, Savings Bonds and Stocks and Mutual Funds.
30. How many debit cards you have for each account and the names on those cards.
31. A list of any credit card accounts you hold jointly or separately. The names on the accounts and the balance due.
32. Information about investment accounts, such as retirement accounts, 401(k)s, etc.
33. Disclosure of any life insurance policies, whose life is insured, and for how much.
34. Information about the money you are owed, including names of those who owe you money, how much they owe, and the expected payment date.
35. A list of any lawsuits you may be involved in.
36. A list of any livestock, such as cattle or horses that you may own.