Question: I’m meeting with my divorce lawyer, what should I bring with me?
Answer: When meeting with an attorney, it is wise to bring with you any documentation that substantiates, or proves, your claim.
If you are meeting with your attorney to discuss property matters in your divorce, bring documents that demonstrate what assets you own. This could include deeds to real estate, titles to motor vehicles, financial statements for retirement accounts, bank statements, copies of insurance policies, and copies of appraisals. Also bring with you documents evidencing debts, such as mortgage statements, credit card statements, utility bills, and other loan documents.
Once your attorney establishes what assets and debts are involved, she will need to know whether these items are marital, separate, or mixed. Therefore, it is a good idea to bring with you any documentation affecting claims to the property. You should have your attorney review relevant prenuptial agreements, wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and liens.
Bring to your attorney copies of tax returns, w-2s, 1099s, and other income verification documents. These will be relevant for purposes of dividing debts and assets, and awards of spousal support and child support.
If child custody and parenting plans are contested, bring documents relevant to those issues. For example, medical and school records of the child, photographs, social media posts, and emails or texts between you and the other parent may all affect parenting-related claims.
LEGAL NOTICE: The above is not legal advice, and does not create an attorney-client relationship with Neyra, Mize & Associates. Your own situation should be reviewed and analyzed by an attorney.