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How to prepare for Divorce

If you find yourself needing to prepare for divorce, there are several important steps to take now. The Law Office of Michael D. Miller can guide you through each part of the process – just give us a call at 520-327-3801 to get started.

Steps To Prepare For Divorce

  • Obtain an email address which is secure and for which only you know the password. Why? Your spouse, especially if he or she is computer literate, can load key-stroke programs which are completely undetected on your computer
  • Open a new checking account and savings account in your name only and at a different branch
  • Prepare a list of debts, including account numbers and amounts
  • Five years of federal income tax returns, including W-2s and 1099 forms
  • Paystubs for the past three pay periods including your spouse’s paystubs if you have them
  • Health insurance and premium information, including the cost o insure any minor children
  • If you have residence, the closing documents if they are available; a copy of the Deed; a payoff on the mortgage note; and, if there is a second, a payoff on the second mortgage
  • A Certified Market Analysis (CMA) as to the value of the property
  • Your estimate of the value of the property and basis for that opinion
  • Whether you intend to sell property or keep the property
  • If you have other real estate holdings, provide the same information
  • Completed Inventory of Property and Debts form – supplied by attorney
  • Completed Affidavit of Financial Information form – supplied by attorney
  • Completed Uniform interrogatories form – supplied by attorney
  • Copies of the last six months of checking, savings and 401k statements
  • Copies of the last six months of credit card statements, including the month in which you filed or intend to file
  • Copies of all daycare expenses
  • Copies of all emails and text messages from your spouse to you from the time you discussed divorce
  • If you have already separated, provide the history of the parenting time the two of you have agreed to or have followed
  • If your spouse has a criminal record, including domestic violence charges, copies of his/her arrest and/or conviction and if you have criminal record copies of your arrest and/or conviction