What Documents Should I Keep After My Divorce is Over?

Divorce is a very involved process, in many different ways. For this reason, it is critical that you stay organized before, during, and after your divorce is finalized. This includes hanging onto various financial documentation that may come in handy in the future. Below, our California divorce attorneys have compiled a short bulleted list of some of the most critical divorce-related documents that you should keep after your divorce is over. Read on to learn more.

Documents You Should Keep After Your Divorce is Over

Some of the most important documents that you should keep once your divorce has concluded are as follows:

  • Appraisals: As you may know, one of the most important parts of the divorce process is the division of assets. When spouses get divorced, courts will often assign value to all marital assets and divide them equitably from there. However, to assign value to assets, you may have had various appraisals done for some of your assets, including your home, jewelry, businesses, and more. Obtaining a copy of the appraisals done can help you down the road, as you may need it for reference.
  • Financial documentation pertaining to your divorce: During the divorce process, there is a very good chance that you took stock of all of your finances to ensure that you are capable of retaining your standard of living after your divorce is finalized. Additionally, you most likely exchanged additional information pertaining to your divorce, including tax returns. credit card statements, and more. All of these documents are worth saving for tax purposes. They can also come in handy if you are to receive child support.
  • Your divorce decree: This is a critical document in the divorce process. Your divorce decree is issued when your marriage is officially over. Furthermore, your divorce decree will contain valuable information regarding the terms of your divorce, including your child custody agreement, child support agreement, alimony agreement, the division of assets, and more. It is critical that your copy of the divorce agreement has a court seal, thereby validating its authenticity. At some point down the road, you may need to send a sealed copy to the SSA or the Department of Motor Vehicles if you change your name.

If you have any other questions about the divorce process or the various critical divorce documents that you should keep even after your divorce is finalized, please do not hesitate to give our knowledgeable California divorce attorneys a call today.

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