What Documents Should I Keep After My Divorce is Finalized?

There are few things worse than going through a divorce. Often, and especially when divorces are litigated, they can take months, or even years to finalize. Because of how grueling the process can sometimes be, we understand that it’s an entirely rational reaction to simply wish to throw all the paperwork and anything else that may remind you of your divorce away once your divorce is finalized. That said, this is seldom a good idea, as much of this paperwork is actually very important, and there’s a strong chance you’ll need to review it again in the long run. Please continue reading and reach out to a seasoned Los Angeles divorce attorney from our firm to learn more about what documents you should keep after your divorce is finalized.

What documents should I hang onto even after my divorce is finalized?

Those who complete the divorce process should hang on to various types of documentation, including the following:

  • The divorce decree: Your divorce decree will clearly lay out all of the most important terms of your divorce, including your parenting time/custody schedule, child support orders, alimony (also known as spousal support) orders, and how marital property is to be distributed between you and your ex. You may need to reference this agreement at times, and you may also need to send an authentic, sealed copy of your decree to the SSA or the Department of Motor Vehicles if you change your name. Never throw away a divorce decree.
  • Appraisals: Before courts can determine how property is to be distributed, they will need to set a value to certain assets, such as real estate properties, jewelry, businesses, motor vehicles, memorabilia, and any other valuable property you may own. Keep a copy of these appraisals, as you may need to reference it down the road.
  • Copies of financial documents regarding your divorce: If you’re like most people, before you initiated your divorce, you took stock of what you own and calculated any adjustments you will have to make after you get divorced. All of these financial documents you had to gather, such as credit card statements and tax returns, should be filed away in a folder–not tossed away. These documents are required for tax purposes and may also be referenced if you receive child support.

If you’d like to know more about the divorce process and how our firm can best prepare you for life after your divorce is finalized, simply give us a call today. We are always here to assist you.

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Divorce and family law issues are notoriously complicated and personal, which is why you must hire an attorney with years of experience, as well as the compassion and skill needed to handle these sensitive matters. For the qualified, dedicated legal representation you and your family deserve and need, contact Zitser Family Law Group, APC today.

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