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)
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
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.