For Ohio residents entering into the sometimes difficult divorce process there are certain steps to initially take that could ease the burden considerably as the case progresses. The first thing is to collect all paperwork regarding assets and finances that are available. It is recommended that several years of documents be collected to give one's divorce lawyer an in-depth picture of the total situation.
These items can include tax returns, deeds, mortgages, payroll records, bank records, investment accounts, certificates of deposit, retirement accounts, contracts, leases, any business interests and essentially anything that shows one's financial status. It may be that some of these are jointly owned with the other spouse, and it is fair enough for both parties to cooperate in making and sharing copies so that each will be able to go to their respective attorneys with a full package to discuss. It is essential to move the case along that a comprehensive set of financial records be accumulated upfront and provided early to counsel.