One of the main stages in the process of
divorce is known as “discovery.” During discovery, both spouses are
required to disclose certain information to their attorneys for the purposes
of determining who gets what when negotiating a divorce agreement. Florida
requires spouses to turn over a thoroughly completed and signed financial
affidavit to each other within 45 days of serving a petition for dissolution
of marriage. Since the
list of important documents can be quite extensive, it is important that divorcing couples be aware
of these requirements and begin collecting these documents before formal
divorce proceedings begin.
If you are divorcing, you will need to provide the following:
1. Personal records: Social security cards, birth certificates, marriage licenses, employment
contracts, prenuptial or postnuptial marital agreements, divorce records
of prior marriages, and death certificates of prior spouses will be needed.
2. Financial information: You must disclose all relevant information regarding your financial assets.
This includes the last three years’ worth of tax returns, pay stubs,
records of bonuses, bank statements, retirement account statements, brokerage
account statements, credit card statements, all insurance policy information,
property leases, and household budgets.
3. Business documents: If either you or your spouse own a business, information regarding the
company’s revenue, expenses, assets, profits, debts, and ownership
arrangements must be disclosed. This includes balance sheets, partnership
agreements, corporate bylaws, business contracts, profit and loss statements,
business tax returns, insurance policies, and ownership records of real
estate interests owned by the business.
4. Individual assets: All joint and separately owned assets need to be revealed, including vehicle
titles, property deeds, and lists of items kept in safe-deposit boxes.
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