The key to a smooth divorce process is preparation. Your divorce mediator may ask you to gather documents from your marriage to prepare for your divorce. These documents should include property and debts owned both individually and together. Your mediator will ask you questions, such as the date acquired, how the property is titled and the approximate value of these items. In mediation, it is helpful to prepare copies of these documents for your spouse so that you both are able to have an informed discussion and make decisions together about the disposition of your properties or debts.
Divorce Mediation Checklist
- Bank statements
- Your employment, salary and description
- Spouse’s employment, salary and description
- Tax returns
- Family expenses
- Individual expenses
- Personal property list
- Real estate asset list
- Credit card statements
- Loan statements
- Retirement statements
- Life insurance policies
- Business financial statements
- Safety deposit box content list
- Motor vehicle titles
- Other assets or liabilities not listed above
If you need help preparing these documents, a spreadsheet may be useful or consider reaching out to a qualified professional such as your accountant, bookkeeper, property appraiser or financial advisor. Gathering these documents on your own will save you time and money in the long run. It may seem overwhelming at first, but a knowledgeable and qualified mediator will assist you both during your divorce process.
If you or your partner would like more information on mediating your divorce, separation, child custody or support issues in an amicable, efficient and affordable manner, please contact Dawn Clement at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a consultation.