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Documents to Keep After You Finalize Your Divorce

When you finalize your divorce, it can be understandable to want to put the entire ordeal behind you and never think about the legal process again. You might even be tempted to toss away all of the paperwork you had to complete, just because it reminds you of what you’ve had to endure over the past several months.

However, there are a variety of divorce-related documents you absolutely need to keep after your divorce in case any disputes ever arise about either spouse’s post-divorce responsibilities. Below are some examples of papers you should keep in your filing cabinet or lockbox:

  • Divorce decree: Also known as your “final judgment,” this important document is an official order that a judge signs. It is proof the marriage is officially over and contains the orders for all divorce-related issues, including child custody, visitation, child support, alimony and the division of assets. The decree contains information about how all these issues and any future disputes will be handled. It is imperative you hold onto this document. You will also need a certified copy of your decree to change your name including but not limited to social security and the department of motor vehicles.
  • Appraisals: During your divorce, it is common for people to have appraisals done of their real estate or certain assets. It’s a good idea to keep these records, especially if the asset will not be distributed until a later date. It can also help you set a reasonable price if you are interested in selling that asset in the future.
  • Financial records: During the divorce discovery process, you and your spouse will exchange a variety of information and documents, including financial records. These records are important pieces of evidence to have at your disposal if you need to return to court to modify your support or alimony arrangements.

For more information regarding the documents and records to keep after your divorce is finalized, work with a knowledgeable Long Island divorce lawyer at Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia, LLP.