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First Meeting

How to Prepare for Your First Meeting with a Divorce Lawyer or Family Law Attorney

As part of our representation it will be helpful to have all relevant records and information assembled. I suggest that you start looking now for documentation. Check desks, safety-deposit boxes, bank boxes, or other places where documents might be found, or hidden.

I will want copies of as many of the following as possible:

  • Prenuptial agreements;
  • Income tax returns and W-2s for the past three years;
  • Pay stubs for the past six pay periods;
  • Financial statements (prepared when borrowing money);
  • Employment contracts or any explanations of benefits from you or your spouse’s work;
  • Job applications and curriculum vitae;
  • Canceled checks and charge records, including who is directly liable on credit cards;
  • Retirement plan statements, including IRAs, 401(k)s, and values as of date of marriage and present value;
  • Deeds;
  • Real estate tax bills or appraisals;
  • Insurance policies, including life insurance, medical insurance, health insurance, or homeowners’ insurance;
  • Bank account information and bank statements;
  • Safety-deposit box inventory (you will want the bank to verify an inventory if possible);
  • Securities information, including brokerage account statements;
  • Partnership agreements, corporations, or other documents showing any business interests;
  • Any inheritance or trust interests;
  • Wills by you or your spouse;
  • Information about previous legal proceedings;
  • Your children’s grade reports and school records;
  • Information on any significant medical conditions of your children;
  • Any written agreements or notes between you and your spouse;
  • Any evidence you have such as photographs, letters, social media or email transmissions.