Georgia Divorce Forms and Checklist
What information should I gather prior to speaking with a family law attorney?
Before meeting with your family attorney to discuss initiating a divorce, you should gather the following pertinent information:
Before beginning the divorce process, you must provide your attorney with your name, address, telephone number, and date of birth as well as your spouse’s. You will also need to provide the names and birth dates of your children. Additional personal information that may be required include: the education, degrees, and training of each party, date and place of marriage, and prior marriages and children. Your attorney will also ask for the date of your separation as well as the grounds for divorce.
A big part of the divorce process is splitting up finances and property. In order to do so, you should provide your family law attorney with the following information for each party: social security number, income, employee benefits, retirement plans, and individual retirement accounts. You should also share any joint assets, such as bank accounts, real estate, and stocks, bonds, and securities as well as personal assets including trust funds and inheritances.
Prior to meeting with your attorney, you should collect the following financial records: bank statements, loan applications, investment statements, and tax returns. You should also sit down and make a list of the debts and liabilities of each party.
If you and your spouse own any collections, antiques, or artworks, this information should be shared with your attorney.
If you own a family business with your spouse, you should provide the following information to your attorney: type of business, percent of ownership, shareholders, bank statements, loan applications, tax returns, financial reports, income and balance sheets, buy-sell agreements.