Common Documentary Evidence In a Divorce Trial

Common documentary evidence

The following is a list of some of the more common documents that your family law attorney may decide to use at your trial. It is not an exhaustive list.

✓ Appraisals: antiques, autos, collectibles and collections, jewelry, personal property, and real estate.
✓ Bank account statements: checking, savings, money market.
✓ Bills for monthly expenses, i.e., utilities, auto loans, other recurring expenses.
✓ Bills paid for which a claim for reimbursement is being made.
✓ Brokerage and investment account statements.
✓ Business audits, compilations or other certified financial reports.
✓ Business banking account statements.
✓ Business credit card records.
✓ Business expense reports evidencing travel, entertainment, corporate credit card use and the like, by a non-business owning (employee) party.
✓ Business income tax returns with all supporting documents, schedules and attachments (including payroll tax returns).
✓ Business management reports or information, such as accounts receivable/payable ledgers, payroll records, marine and scheduled personal property insurance policies, and the like.
✓ Business valuation reports.
✓ Buy-sell, limited liability corporation, shareholder or partnership agreements.
✓ Car and vehicle titles, purchase contracts, and other supporting documentation.
✓ Casino play or line of credit records.
✓ Certificates of deposit.
✓ Children’s account statements, such as college accounts, UTMA accounts, etc.
✓ Child custody evaluation reports.
✓ Children’s expenses, such as orthodontia, school registration and extracurricular expenses.
✓ Children’s income tax returns.
✓ Children’s report cards.
✓ College or post high school education statements for ongoing expenses, or student loans incurred for past attendance.
✓ Corporate/business organizational documents, such as articles of incorporation, corporate minute books, stock registers, annual reports filed with state/local officials, etc.
✓ Credit card statements.
✓ Deeds for real estate.
✓ Deferred compensation plan statements and supporting documents.
✓ Documents downloaded or obtained from social networking site searches, such as Facebook, Myspace, Youtube, and internet dating services.
✓ Expert witness reports.
✓ Federal estate and gift and state inheritance tax returns.
✓ Home equity loan or line of credit statements.
✓ Home mortgage account statements, including escrow account information.
✓ Homeowner association dues statements and relevant organizational documents, such as bylaws and rules.
✓ Home valuation appraisals or marketing analysis.
✓ Income tax returns with all schedules and attachments, including forms W-2, 1099, K-1 and identifying withholding documentation.
✓ Installment loan statements.
✓ Insurance policies, life, health and homeowners with scheduled personal property riders.
✓ IRA and other non-qualified retirement plan statements.
✓ Keough, SEP and other private retirement plan statements and organizing documents.
✓ Life insurance cash value statements.
✓ Mortgage and other security instruments.
✓ Outstanding unpaid medical bills and other health related obligations.
✓ Paystubs and other evidence of year to date income.
✓ Photos, videos, and electronic recordings.
✓ Probate documents such as filed wills, receipts and reports of distribution evidencing your receipt of assets by way of inheritance or gift.
✓ Qualified retirement plan statements, plan descriptions and supporting documents.
✓ Qualified Domestic Relations Orders.
✓ Real estate closing documents, including HUD-1, RESPA statements.
✓ Real estate listing agreements.
✓ Real estate purchase contracts.
✓ Safe deposit box inventory.
✓ Second home and timeshare documents.
✓ Trust documents, including supporting schedules.
✓ Wills.