Divorce isn't something that I've experienced personally--thank goodness! But sadly, many people have.
Elissa Goldberg, a divorce attorney in Bucks County PA, recently shared with us that there are many documents that people need to provide during the divorce process.
Sometimes, depending on how difficult the divorce is, those documents are hard for one party in the divorce to provide because either the other person has (or had) them, the documents cannot be easily found, or the documents aren't provided out of spite.
Examples of Needed Documents
Some of the documents and records Elissa mentioned to us that might be needed throughout a divorce process might include:
- Marriage certificate
- Deeds for car(s) or house(s)
- Bank Statements
- Retirement Account Statements
- Birth Certificates
- Prenuptial Agreement
- Joint Account Information
According to Elissa's office, often times they'll have to call a client looking for a birth or marriage certificate, and the client willl say, "Oh, I think my spouse has it. Maybe I can get them to provide it."
Sometimes, the spouse is not cooperative in the divorce procedure so the entire process, which is painful anyway, is made even more so because documents needed to finalize the divorce is not provided in a timely manner.
Elissa Goldberg's Law practice recognized immediately how SafelyFiled could be used as a great tool in the process of divorce. If the documents could be made available via a service like SafelyFiled where the Law Offices of both parties could access documents when needed, it would keep the legal process moving along with limited painful collaboration of the two estranged parties.
In a perfect world, divorce would not happen and we sincerely hope that you never experience one. But there are many other life events that will happen and you'll need to be prepared for them. So ensure you have your family's legal and medical records organized and accessible so you'll be ready no matter what life event comes your way.