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Gather documentation before filing for divorce

If you’re going to file for divorce, it may not actually be the first step that you take in this process. One of the advantages of knowing that you want to file before your spouse does so — if you’re both considering divorce — is that you can get all of the paperwork together in advance.

This is especially useful if you think your spouse may try to hinder the process. Maybe they have a lot of your financial records on their computer, and you think they will refuse to let you use it after you start the divorce process. You can print out the paperwork that you need in advance and then file after you have everything in place.

Examples of documents that you may need include:

  • Tax returns
  • Bank statements
  • Brokerage statements
  • Insurance policies
  • Retirement account statements
  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Vehicle registrations
  • Real estate records

This is certainly not a comprehensive list, but it will get you started and it shows you what type of paperwork is important. Every situation is unique, so you may have different things you prioritize. The key is just to remember that the financial side of a divorce is huge, the division of assets can get complicated, and the more you can do to prepare for that, the better off you’ll be. The perfect time to prepare may actually be before you file for divorce at all.

Once you do get this process started, make sure you are well aware of all of the legal steps you will need to take and the rights you have in Connecticut.