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​    Gather Your Paperwork

DIVORCE: The amount of paperwork an attorney will want, need, and what is required for your divorce can be overwhelming. Once you file for divorce or have been served with divorce papers, you will need to begin gathering the following information to assist not only your case but also you during this process:

  • The birth dates and social security numbers of all parties involved, including yours, your spouse, and children.

  • The latest statements for all credit cards, loans, mortgages, and all other debts.

  • The latest statements for all bank accounts, held in your name, your name jointly with another party and your spouse's name.

  • Deed or mortgage statement for the marital home and all other real estate.

  • Year, make and model for all vehicles and the Blue Book Value of the vehicles. 

  • Copies of your latest utility statements.

  • Copy of your last three paychecks.

  • Copies of your spouse’s last three paychecks.

  • Information relating to all 401(k)s, pensions, and other retirement benefits for you and your spouse.

  • Statements for bonds, stocks, and other investments.

  • Tax returns for the last three years; including any business tax returns if the parties own a business.

  • Prenuptial and/or post-nuptial agreements.

  • If the children have daycare costs, a printout of the daycare costs for the past 12 months.

  • All information as to the weekly cost of healthcare coverage for ONLY the children.

  • If the children are in private school and/or college, statements as to the children’s education costs (tuition, fees, books, room and board, etc.)

 

MODIFICATION: When you set an appointment to speak to an attorney about filing for modification of custody, parenting time, or child support make sure you take a copy of the following documents:

  • A copy of the last Court order on the issue you want to modify.

  • 3 recent pay-stubs and all other proof of income.

  • Proof of daycare costs.

  • Proof of weekly healthcare insurance cost for on the child(ren).

  • Proof of schooling costs/fees.

  • Documents, audio, videos, that support your claim for modification.

This can be very helpful and save time during your initial consult. It will also demonstrate that you are ready and prepared to file for a modification and take the matter seriously. 

 

Indiana Financial Declaration

​You will hear about a financial declaration quite a bit in a divorce case or a case involving child support. Your attorney may also refer to this form as a "fin dec" for short. It is a form, required by most county courts, that you are to complete. You will provide financial numbers and information. You do not have to give exact values, just an approximate value. Most attorneys provide their client with a financial declaration form. If you would like to review the form, please go to this PDF: 

Helpful Links

​The following links may be helpful for you during the course of a case and provide valuable information. 

 

 

Text Messages & How to Share Them With

Your Attorney and the Court

 Texting has become a main form of communicating with one another and therefore the messages you exchange with parties relevant to your case are probably going to be needed for evidence. However, screen shots are not practical in a legal setting. There are many apps available for download which will convert your text messages into a PDF or Excel spreadsheet. This will allow you to easily share the text messages with your attorney and the Court. And trust us, you will gain some gold stars with an attorney and the Court for providing easy to follow and read text messages. 

 

Our office has researched a lot of apps and software and have also been referred to programs by past clients. The following apps/software we and our clients have had success in using with an iPhone or Android phones:

iPhone Apps
Android Apps