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Time to dig out the paperwork for your divorce

After many years of marriage, you have finally come to terms with the fact that you want to divorce. It’s a difficult decision for just about anyone considering it. Once the decision to file is made, many people face yet another hurdle: paperwork.

This time-consuming hurdle is one reason why Massachusetts individuals often turn to a lawyer. A divorce attorney can help answer your questions and will tell you what paperwork you need in order to get the divorce started.

The first area of documentation that often comes to mind is income. Your divorce lawyer will need income statements, pay stubs and tax returns. It’s a good idea to find all documentation related to any possible sources of income. You or your spouse may own a business or may work for cash, which could complicate things further.

On the other side of that coin are the debts. The court will need a list of all debts that are in your name, as well as your spouse’s name. These may include car loans, credit card debt, medical bills and mortgages.

Speaking of mortgages, this is a good time to dig out all the documentation related to the purchase of your home, if you own. These may include the tax assessor’s statement, purchase documents and a legal description of the property.

Your lawyer might also ask you for a few years of statements from your checking and savings accounts, whether held separately or jointly.

Finally, don’t forget any kind of pension funds and life insurance policies. Gather all statements that have to do with these accounts.

Documentation is a key piece of a successful divorce. This paperwork will help your lawyer understand where you stand financially and how to proceed with property distribution.

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