Start to Gather Documents

what-do-i-need-to-gather-for-divorceYou will need to find information for the courts to start and finish the divorce. In any Colorado divorce, the court requires information on children, property, assets and many other items connected to the marriage. Start by gathering them now, not only are you able to get and stay organized, but you help make sure you get everything you need just in case your soon-to-be ex tries to make things difficult by taking or hiding the materials. (MAKE COPIES for lawyers??)
NOTE: Depending on your case please expect additional paperwork to be gathered but this is a very good list to start you on this journey

MONEY SAVING TIP

Organization will never be as important as the organizing of these papers. Think of it this way… the more you organize and give them to your lawyer the less time we have to waste (your money) to get them ready for the courts.
Personal Records for a Colorado Divorce

PERSONAL INFORMATION

To start you will need personal information to prove the marriage, citizenship and children of the marriage. Here’s a list of personal documents and records about you, your spouse and your children you should look for:

  • Birth certificates
  • Immigration and naturalization documents
  • Social Security cards
  • Death certificate of a prior, deceased spouse
  • Court decrees and judgments in proceedings with a prior spouse
  • Separation agreements, prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements and other agreements between you and your current spouse

FINANCIAL RECORDS

Below is a list of Financial Documents and Property Records & documents you will need for your divorce. With vital information about your and your spouse’s income, savings, assets, debts and expenses that are important in deciding many issues in the divorce, such as child support, spousal support or alimony and the division of property between you and your spouse for the state of Colorado:

  • Federal, state and local income tax returns for the last three to five years
  • Payroll statements, pay stubs and overtime and bonus records
  • Pension or retirement plan, annuities, individual retirement account (IRA) documents
  • Insurance policies including life, health, automobile and homeowner’s insurance
  • Real estate deeds, contracts or leases
  • Mortgages, loans, credit card statements and other records showing debt
  • Bank checking and savings accounts, cancelled checks, checkbook journals and deposit slips
  • Household budgets or expense records
  • Expense or billing statements for food, rent, utilities, clothing, household goods, repairs, gas, education, vacations, entertainment, subscriptions and other expenses

BUSINESS RECORDS

Do you or your spouse own and run a businesses, and if you do, here’s a list of documents and records that should be collected:

  • Federal, state and local income tax returns for the business
  • Business profit and loss statements
  • Business balance sheets
  • Business financial statements
  • Corporate records and minute books including articles of incorporation and bylaws
  • Partnership agreements
  • Shareholder agreements
  • Business credit card statements and records
  • Business insurance policies
  • Business contracts
  • Deeds, mortgages, leases and other real estate interests held by the business

ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS POSSIBLY NEEDED FOR A COLORADO DIVORCE

Other documents and records that may be helpful in protecting your interests throughout the divorce process might include:

  • Photographs of you, your spouse and your children
  • Letters, cards and notes written by or to you, your spouse and your children
  • Movies, videotapes and tape recordings of you, your spouse and your children

If you can’t get your hands on documents you need, like when they’re in a safety deposit box. Make a detailed list of the documents with as much information as possible, like dates, document titles and what the documents are about.

Protect yourself to find that documents that were readily available to you before the divorce suddenly disappear after the divorce process begins. Gathering what you can as soon as possible will make the whole divorce process much less stressful for you down the road.

YOU WILL BE FILLING THESE OUT TOO

  • Sworn Financial Statement. Both parties must complete their own Sworn Financial Statement, sign before a Notary, and file it with the Court.
    Certificate of Compliance. Both parties must complete and file their own Certificate of Compliance in order to certify each has provided the other with all of the required financial documents.
  • Separation Agreement. The Separation Agreement must be completed, and both parties must sign before a Notary.
  • Affidavit for Decree without Appearance. This for will allow the Court to grant a divorce without either party appearing for a hearing. Both parties must sign before a Notary.
  • Decree. You will only need to complete the caption on this form. The caption can be found at the top of the form and includes the name of the Court, cause number, and the names of the parties.
  • Pre-trial Statement. Only complete this form if you and your spouse do not agree on all issues identified in the Separation Agreement.

Comprehensive Family Law Assistance

I am able to assist you with a number of domestic legal issues including but not limited to:
  • Divorce
  • Legal separation
  • Child support orders and modifications
  • Child custody
  • Spousal support
  • Step-parent adoptions
  • Grandparent rights and visitation
  • Collection of support through garnishment or income assignments
  • Parental responsibility
  • Modification of parenting time
  • Relocation out-of-state with minor children
  • Domestic violence
  • Protective orders (restraining orders)
  • Dependency and neglect
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