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Divorce is complicated - legally, financially, and emotionally. Dividing up property a couple has acquired throughout their marriage (also known as marital property) can be one of the most contentious aspects of divorce. Luckily, divorce attorneys can help alleviate some of your legal and financial stresses by advocating for a division of property that works in your favor.
If you have decided to retain a divorce attorney, you can help save your attorney time (and save yourself some money) by gathering important legal and financial documents together before meeting with your attorney. Doing this ahead of time gives your attorney an immediate and useful overview of the property and assets likely to be at issue in your case. Most importantly, it allows the two of you to work together to secure your short and long-term interests. The checklists below can give you and idea of what topics and documents come up in discussions with a divorce attorney.

At Attorney Brad Chase Center, we work closely with our clients, helping them resolve their divorce matters in the most efficient way possible. We have represented clients in Fairfax and Northern Virginia for over 20 years. To schedule your 20 minute telephone consultation, contact our firm online or call (202) 460 9800.

Resolving Arguments Without Litigation

When it is possible, we encourage our clients to resolve their arguments outside of court. No one understands your situation as well as you do, and we can help you negotiate fair arrangements. If you take your case to court, the judge may be unwilling to listen to your whole story and may not tailor the arrangements to meet your specific needs. This is one of many reasons why it is almost always better to resolve cases outside of court. We help clients resolve matters such as:

If Your Case Goes to Court

Although we encourage our clients to resolve their matters outside of court, we understand that it is not always plausible to do so. If we cannot reach a fair settlement without going to litigation, we will fight aggressively to protect your rights. With over 20 years of legal experience, we understand the legal system and know the opportunities available if you go to court.

We guide our clients throughout their divorce, resolving their legal problems in the most practical and efficient way possible. Contact our firm online or call (202) 460 9800 to schedule your 20 minute telephone consultation with an experienced attorney.

Be Prepared to Discuss

Issues Relating to Children
____ Child support
____ Child custody, legal
____ Child custody, physical
____ Visitation with non-custodial parent
____ Grandparent visitation
____ Visitation with stepchildren
____ Health insurance for children
____ Dental insurance for children
____ Uninsured health care costs
____ College education
____ Residence in the marital homestead
____ Beneficiaries of life insurance policies
____ Claiming children as dependents for income tax purposes
____ Religious upbringing of children
Property Issues
____ Equity in homestead
____ Other real property
____ Home furnishings
____ Business assets
____ Professional practices
____ Professional degrees
____ Retirement benefits (pensions, IRAs, 401(k) plans)
____ Motor vehicles
____ Recreational vehicles
____ Personal property
____ Savings accounts
____ Stocks, bonds, and funds
____ Compensation for contributions as homemaker
____ Hidden assets
____ Debts
Spousal Support Issues
____ Entitlement to support
____ How much?
____ How long?
____ Continued health care coverage through COBRA
Other Issues
____ Domestic violence
____ Order for protection
____ Child abuse
____ Parental kidnapping
____ Restoration of maiden name
____ Post-divorce nonfinancial support
____ Attorney's fees and expenses
Documents to Have Ready
____ Individual and business income tax returns for the past three to five years (federal, state, and local);
____ Proof of your current income;
____ Proof of your spouse's current income;
____ Prenuptial agreement;
____ Separation agreement;
____ Bank statements;
____ Certificates of deposit;
____ Pension statements;
____ Retirement account statements;
____ Trusts;
____ Stock portfolios;
____ Stock options;
____ Mortgages;
____ Property tax statements;
____ Credit card statements;
____ Loan documents;
____ Utility bills;
____ Other bills (e.g. school tuition, unreimbursed medical bills, music lessons for children, etc.);
____ Monthly budget worksheet;
____ Completed financial statements;
____ Employment contracts;
____ Benefits statements;
____ Life insurance policies;
____ Health insurance policies;
____ Homeowner's insurance policies;
____ Automobile insurance policies;
____ Personal property appraisals;
____ Real property appraisals;
____ List of personal property (including home furnishings, jewelry, artwork, computers, home office equipment, clothing and furs, etc.);
____ List of property owned by each spouse prior to marriage;
____ List of property acquired by each spouse individually by gift or inheritance during the marriage;
____ List of contents of safety deposit boxes;
____ Wills;
____ Living wills;
____ Powers of attorney;
____ Durable powers of attorney; and
____ Advance health care directives.
As you can see, the above list extensive -- yet, it is not exhaustive. Every divorce is different since every couple enters and leaves a marriage under different circumstances and with different assets. Therefore, to ensure no property is overlooked, it is always a good idea to have an open and frank conversation with your attorney regarding all of the property and assets relevant to your case.


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