Your Divorce Settlement Assets and Liabilities Checklist

Updated 03/12/19
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If you are going through a  divorce, your attorney will request a list of all the marital assets and liabilities. Use the following checklist to ensure you are prepared with all necessary information when it is time to negotiate a divorce settlement agreement. Read on to learn about the information your attorney will need during divorce settlement negotiations.

Real Estate

If you own real estate, make sure you list all real estate you own together and the following information about each piece of real estate.

  • When the real estate was purchased
  • Purchase price
  • Amount of down payment
  • Where the down payment came from
  • What the monthly payments are if there is an outstanding loan
  • Amount of taxes and insurance paid
  • Any current mortgage balances
  • Present fair market value of the property

Vehicles

Vehicles would include automobiles you drive regularly, plus motorcycles, recreational vehicles, and vehicles used for farming. You will need the following information about each vehicle.

  • Year
  • Make
  • Model
  • License number
  • Fair market value
  • Balance Owed

Furniture and Appliances

You will need to make a list of all household items and include the following details. 

  • Purchase price (a sales receipt would work, if available)
  • Estimated garage sale value or fair market value 
  • Whether the item was purchased or a gift

Life Insurance

  • Name of Insurance company
  • Policy number
  • Face value of the policy or policies
  • Cash value of the policy or policies
  • Name of person insured
  • Any outstanding loans against the policy or policies
  • Outstanding amount
  • Reason for the loan
  • Date of the loan

Bank Accounts

  • Name of bank 
  • Address of bank
  • Type of Account
  • Account number
  • Current balance
  • Names on the account
  • Date the account was opened

Pension Funds

This would include 401(k), 403(b), military retirement, etc. If both spouses have a pension fund or retirement plan you will need information related to both.

  • Name of the plan
  • Contributions made to the plan
  • Any co-contributions made to the plan
  • Percent vested in the plan
  • Years until vested
  • Lump sum collectible now
  • Monthly payments collectible now
  • Date monthly payments become available

Stocks, Bonds, IRAs, Mutual Funds

  • Name
  • Number
  • Purchase price
  • Face value
  • Market value
  • Current Total

Certificates of Deposit

  • Face amount
  • Maturity date
  • Location of C.D.
  • Interest

Tools, Sports Equipment, Art Supplies, Collectibles, Antiques

  • Make a list of all such items
  • Fair market value for each item

Business Interests

  • Date business was acquired
  • Date of marriage
  • Name of the business
  • Date business started
  • Whether or not the business is incorporated
  • Total number of shares owned if it is a public business
  • Number of shares in your name
  • Number of shares in your spouses’ name
  • Number of employees
  • Net worth of business
  • Profit or loss business made last tax year
  • Profit or loss made last tax quarter
  • Location of business books

Education

Did you provide your spouse with an education, or did your spouse provide you with an education? If so, you will also need to provide the following information. Some many seem to overlap; you want to be thorough. 

  • Dates when you and/or your spouse was in school
  • What level of education was received
  • Annual salary while you and/or your spouse was pursuing an education
  • Annual salary of the other spouse if they worked during this period
  • Source of any income by you and your spouse
  • Amount of any income by you and your spouse

Social Security, Alimony, Retirement

If you were married before and gave up any social security benefits, alimony or retirement benefits when you remarried provided the following information:

  • Monthly amount you were receiving
  • How long you would have received it if you had not married
  • Whether or not you can get it back after a divorce is final

Separate Property

If you and your spouse own any that was brought with you into the marriage, inherited during the marriage or purchased with money from the sale of other separate property provide the following information.

  • Property description
  • When the property was acquired
  • How the property was acquired
  • What you paid for the property
  • Payments made during the duration of the marriage
  • Fair market value of the property
  • Current amount owed on the property

Creditors

List all creditors and the following information about each debt.

  • Name of creditor
  • Amount owed to creditor
  • Amount paid monthly
  • Who incurred the debt (you or your spouse)

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