1. Your paycheck stubs from all sources of employment over the last year. At a minimum, try to provide paycheck stubs for the last three months.
2. If you can get them, your spouse's paycheck stubs for the same period of time. Those check stubs will often show year top date earnings and deductions.
3. If either you or your spouse is self-employed, any and all business documents demonstrating payments received or charges billed are necessary. This includes - (a) job bids (b) invoices for work performed (c) ledgers of payments received (d) Bank deposit slips (e) bank statements (f) independent contractor agreements (g) contracts agreements
4. If either you or your spouse is self-employed, documentation regarding business expenses is necessary. These may include check registers, canceled checks, payment receipts, check carbons, computerized income or expense records, financial statements, profit and loss statements, general ledgers.
5. At a minimum, copies of your joint or individual tax returns, both state and federal, for the past three years.
6. Copies of any business tax returns for any business in which you or your spouse hold an interest for the past three years.
7. If either party works for cash, necessary documentation may include:
Check ledgers demonstrating expenses paid during marriage (a person working for cash will often have check registers that do not show payments for necessities of life such as groceries - the explanation for that omission is often cash payments)
Any receipts for cash payments.
8. A copy of any financial statements or statements of net worth prepared by you or your spouse for the purpose of securing bank loans or for any other purpose.
9. Any other information that will help you establish your net worth, your spouse's net worth, your joint net worth, your income, and your spouse's income.
10. Deeds, abstracts, and Torrens certificates showing the legal description of your homestead and any other real estate. Secure these from your mortgage company or lending institution if you do not have them.
11. Current mortgage statements on the first mortgage, second mortgage and/or home equity loans on the homestead and any other real estate.
12. All papers and documents covering the initial purchase of the homestead including the purchase agreement.
13. Any and all documents refinancing the loans on any parcel of real estate owned during the marriage (those refinancing documents are likely to include and appraisal of the property and a statement regarding income of the parties).
14. Tax assessor's statements on the homestead and other real properties.