Those going through a South Carolina divorce likely have a lot of things on their mind. Given the competing demands for your attention, it can be hard to keep straight what documents you may need to provide to your South Carolina family law attorney. However, repeated requests for paperwork can prove costly, not only in billable hours, but also in potential delays in your divorce case. To find out what documents you need for your divorce, so that you can begin gathering the papers now, keep reading.
The big categories
Though all divorces are different and yours may not involve every category or may even involve others, as a general rule, the following categories cover all the documents you will need to collect: income, real estate, bank accounts, retirement accounts, insurance, debts, and vehicles.
So what are some specific examples of documents that you need to round up? Well, for income, start by gathering paystubs from the past year for both yourself and your spouse. Also, located your income tax returns, preferably for the past several years. For real estate, you'll need statements showing the mortgage amount and payment information as well as other papers describing properties owned by you and your spouse. Valuations can also prove useful, such as tax assessor's statements or recent appraisals.
When it comes to bank accounts, simply printing off a copy of the statements for the past year is often sufficient, at least as a starting point. Life insurance is also relatively straightforward and requires gathering up documents showing any privately held policies or those that exist through an employer. For retirement accounts, get a copy of the most recent statement, as the current value is a key factor. For automobiles, titles and any documents listing loan amounts and payments should be obtained. Finally, for debts, make a list of every liability in your or your spouse's name. That means medical bills, credit cards, personal loans, etc.
If you are able to get all these things together, you'll be ahead of the game and will give your South Carolina divorce attorney an important head start in tackling your case.