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Getting a divorce? Collect these documents, now

The end of a marriage is often not something people see coming. They may know that things are rocky, but the idea of being divorced still may not cross their minds. When a spouse does finally ask for a divorce, it's heartbreaking and frustrating. Some people will want to try to work out the problems in the marriage, while others will prefer to walk away.

Divorce is hard on everyone involved. Whether you're the one seeking the divorce or the spouse on the receiving end of the request, it's an emotionally traumatic time in your life. Although you're going to be emotional, it's this time when you need to begin to take care of yourself and look into collecting documents that will help you get all you need following the end of your marriage.

What documents do you need for your divorce?

Immediately before or after you find out that your spouse wants a divorce, you should collect financial statements, banking information, credit score documents and any other identifying paperwork that details your investments and other assets for the purpose of splitting marital property.

The next thing you should do is get in touch with your attorney. From the first moment divorce is on the table, you want to know that you're taking the right steps to defend your right to assets and protect yourself. Your attorney will help compile a list of assets and begin helping you negotiate for what you want out of the divorce.

Our site has more on divorce and what to expect. With support, it's possible to get through this difficult time in your life with grace and dignity.

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