Deciding to get a divorce can be one of the most difficult decisions in your life. But once the decision has been made and the “petition for dissolution of marriage” has been filed, it’s important to organize and prepare yourself for the divorce process that lies ahead.
Even if you and your spouse are amicable and in agreement about most aspects of the divorce, you will still have to collect important paperwork and documentation to make your claim to the courts. In divorce cases in New Mexico, the court will use the information you and your spouse provide to reach decisions regarding spousal support (alimony), property division, and visitation and custody rights when children are involved.
Important documents for your divorce
Here are some of the common forms and documents you will need for your divorce proceedings in New Mexico:
- Expenses. When determining spousal support, the court will consider you and your spouse’s monthly expenses. This means you’ll need to document utility bills, credit card payments, rent or mortgage payments and any other monthly expenses you have.
- Proof of Income and finances. This includes tax returns, W-2’s, 1099 forms, income streams from investments or property rentals, savings accounts, stocks, and retirement portfolios.
- Debts. In New Mexico, debts accumulated during marriage are expected to be split by the divorcing parties. Gather all information related to credit card or any other kind of debt.
- Properties. Important documents that will determine how you and your spouse’s property is divided include mortgage statements, real estate deeds, papers related to proof of ownership, and paperwork detailing pensions and retirement accounts.
- Estate plans. If you have an estate plan, you should have it reviewed during the divorce proceedings by an experienced attorney.
As you can see, there is a lot of documentation you’ll need to provide during your divorce proceedings. That’s why it’s important to have an experienced New Mexico divorce attorney to help you stay organized and meet important deadlines.