The Documents and Information You Need For a New Jersey Divorce
This guide focuses on the key documents you need not only to file for divorce but the more important documents needed in a contested case that can help the attorneys or the litigants help reach a settlement and/or prepare for trial in New Jersey.
The BasicsTo file for divorce, you should have or know: your marriage certificate or you must at least know your exact marriage date, your driver's license or government ID (if any), your child(s) names and date of birth, any insurance you currently have in place (health, auto, life, renters/home), your address, your spouse's name and address.
Information That You Will Eventually NeedOnce the divorce is filed, and an answer or counterclaim is filed, you have 20 days to submit a family part case information statement. For that statement, you need: Your most recent tax return, three most recent pay stubs and be able to fill out the document showing what your monthly expenses are, what your liabilities are, which assets you own and other relevant financial information.
Past Court OrdersIf you have been involved in litigation with your spouse before or before you were married to your spouse (child custody/parenting time/child support, etc) you should bring those documents to your lawyer so he or she knows what the status of those issues are.
More Relevant InformationFurthermore, you will need to produce bank statements/credit card statements, retirement statements, investment account statements and so forth. The sooner you begin gathering this information, the faster negotiations can begin and hopefully a resolution for your case.