Checklist for an Agreed Divorce
- Proof income: W-2’s, pay stubs, 1099’s, etc.
- Life insurance policies
- Bank and credit card account statements/info. account numbers, balances, and whose name each is in.
- Information on any other debt or asset held by either party even if you think it is not the other party’s responsibility
- ATTORNEYS: Because of ethical rules we can only answer the questions of the spouse that contacted us first. The other spouse should protect their own interests by either understanding fully what they are agreeing to or hiring their own attorney to review the settlement proposal. The basic idea here is that the more complex the issues, the more each spouse may need their own attorney to be involved so that they each understand what they are doing. Issues like maintenance/alimony, pensions, business interests, numerous debts, obligations on prior marriages, taxes, proper calculation of child support, etc. are not always easily decided and generally require the assistance of an attorney to do it properly.
- MEDIATION OPTION: There is also the option to mediate your issues with a mediator who can assist the two of you in coming up with a fair agreement. If mediation fails to get a result, then things said in the mediation can not be used later against either of you in court.