Documents You Need for a Divorce

Before you can file for a divorce in Florida, there are documents you need to gather, and others you need to complete. In this blog, we are going to cover the documents you need for a divorce that you will gather from your files and records. While everything in the lists below may not apply to you, the ones that do are necessary before you can proceed with any divorce action.

It is wise to make copies of these records as soon as possible. If you no longer have access to the documents because your spouse has them, you may need to pay a lawyer to request them. Of course, if you and your spouse are on good terms, you may be able to get access to the documents yourself.

The following lists of documents you need for a divorce pertain to your marriage, assets, and personal information.

Personal Records

Here is a list of personal records you may need prior to filing for divorce:

  • Social security numbers for you and your spouse
  • Birthdates for you, your spouse, and your children
  • List of all residences where children have resided for past 5 years
  • Prenuptial, postnuptial, separation, or any other marital agreements
  • Driver’s license with issue date more than 6 months prior to filing for the divorce

Assets Owned

Here is a list of asset documents you need for a divorce:

  • Deeds to your home or other real estate properties
  • Titles for motor vehicles or boats, both jointly and separately owned
  • List of valuables with any appraisals, owned separately or together

Financial Documents

The financial documents you need for a divorce include:

  • The past three years completed tax returns for you and your spouse (federal, state, and local)
  • 1099 and W2 forms, pay stubs, and records pertaining to bonuses or overtime from you and your spouse for the past three months
  • 3 months of Statements from:
    • Checking accounts
    • Savings accounts
    • Money market accounts
    • Brokerage accounts
  • Most current statement from:
    • CDs
    • Annuities
    • All retirement accounts, including IRAs and 401(k)s
    • Credit cards
    • Loans
    • Mortgages
  • Property leases
  • Insurance policies/statements:
    • Life
    • Auto
    • Health/Dental
  • A completed Florida Family Law Financial Affidavit

Business Documentation

If you own a business (or your spouse does), these are the documents you need for a divorce:

  • Three years of corporate tax returns (federal, state, local)
  • Balance sheets
  • Profit and loss statements
  • Financial statements
  • Corporate credit card statements
  • Shareholder agreements
  • Contracts
  • Deeds, leases, mortgages, or other business-held real estate interests
  • Partnership agreements
  • Corporate records, articles of incorporation, minute books, bylaws

Final Word on Gathering Documentation

Although Florida is a “no-fault” state, if there is an alleged wrong-doing by one party, it could potentially alter alimony or time-sharing decisions. You will need documentation to back up your claims of fault. Documents to consider include:

  • Text messages
  • Phone recordings
  • Videotapes
  • Letters
  • Notes
  • Emails
  • Photographs
  • Social media screenshots

Some people rapidly remove documents from the home once the word divorce is mentioned. It is best to gather pertinent information ahead of time. If you have any questions, please contact Coral Springs attorneys Brodzki Jacobs & Brook to discuss your options. We are here to provide answers and assistance. Contact us at (954) 344-7737.