Divorce tends to be a private, stressful-filled time that is best handled with the assistance of a highly qualified divorce attorney. When you go to visit your attorney for the first time, you may find it beneficial to bring certain important documents, so that your attorney can research your case and begin working toward a resolution that is in your best interests right away.
While you can still have a productive initial consultation without these documents, if you have them readily available, you should try to bring the following:
A copy of the prenuptial agreement (if one exists) between you and your spouse
A copy of your financial statements, such as credit card, bank statements, retirement account statements and any title documents for real property & vehicles.
Proof of any court orders, including restraining orders.
A list of communal property that should be split between you and your spouse
Bottom line, getting divorced is never fun and rarely easy. Even the most amicable divorces can take a considerable amount of time to resolve. However, by preparing as much as possible at the beginning of the process and working with a qualified divorce attorney, you can help bring your divorce to as quick and satisfying a conclusion as possible, and thus move forward with your life.