Divorce Document Preparation—All You Need To Know

Standardized Legal Documents Divorce Document Preparation—All You Need To Know

Divorce Document Preparation—Save Money and Time You’d Spend on Lawyers

Getting through a divorce can be tough. Divorce document preparation helps you make the best out of a bad situation. Divorce lawyers can cost you a fortune, and the entire process can last exhaustingly long, especially if you don’t have a prenuptial agreement and custody agreement in place.

DoNotPay can help you prepare all the legal documents needed for a divorce, saving your time and money.

Why Is Divorce Document Preparation Crucial?

If you have already decided that you want a divorce, you have only taken the first step on a very long road. Getting an uncontested (default) divorce is slightly easier than when your spouse contests the divorce petition and drags out the process significantly.


Preparing divorce documents can save you from headaches, and it is crucial in the long run. The preparation will help the financial, custodial, and legal aspects of the divorce. If you have children, it can help you win custody; your property will be divided fairly, and so will any potential debts. Without divorce prep, you may lose an entire year or even more in court.

Should You Do Divorce Document Preparation on Your Own?

If you google ‘divorce document preparation,’ you’ll find many attorneys and paralegals who offer to do it for you. Note that their services aren’t cheap, and sometimes, they are not necessary. Here’s when it’s safe to do the preparation yourself:

  • You have all the necessary financial information (family property, debts, etc.)
  • Your spouse agrees with getting a divorce, dividing your assets, and wants to be fair about child support and custody
  • You are also fine with the terms mentioned above

It’s always best to consult with an attorney before a divorce, but you can also DIY the document preparation and save money.

How To Do Divorce Document Preparation Right

Divorces aren’t easy, and you should be thorough when preparing for one. Prepare the documents ahead of time—even before you announce your decision to your spouse. When divorce is imminent, a distressed partner can try to hide or dispose of the debt documents, title deeds, and similar and make the process difficult.

Talk to an attorney before and after getting the divorce documents. They can tell you what documents you need and assess your situation better when the paperwork is neat.

The Necessary Documents for Divorce Preparation

You need a whole binder of documents if you want to prepare for your divorce right. You should compile the documents from the following table for an airtight divorce process:

Document Type What To Include
Personal documents
Financial documents
  • Earnings records for the past years
  • Financial statements
  • Employment contracts
  • State and federal tax returns
  • Net worth information
  • Savings certificates
  • Investment and bank statements
Real estate documents
  • Property appraisals
  • Grant deeds
  • Tax assessor’s statements
  • Mortgage statements
  • Refinance documents
  • Rental and vacation property documents
Insurance and pension documents
  • Life insurance policies
  • Pension or retirement funds
  • Car insurance policies
Personal assets documents
  • Registration of owned vehicles
  • Jewelry, art, and other ownership records
  • House inventory list
Credit and debt documents
  • Credit cards
  • Loans
  • Medical bills
Partnership and business documents
Estate planning documents
  • Certifications of trust
  • Powers of attorney
  • Healthcare directives
  • Living wills or wills

DoNotPay Is Your Best Option for Creating Any Legal Document

Divorce document preparation is difficult, but you are not alone. DoNotPay can help guide you through the drafting processes or even draft some documents for you. You don’t need a contract template or expensive lawyers. We have guides for numerous documents and a wide database of guides with legal information, including state-specific guides and solutions.

If you sign up for DoNotPay, you can create customized legal documents in three steps:

  1. Open our website and log into your account
  2. Enter the name of the document you need
  3. Answer the questions from our website’s chatbot so we can personalize your doc

And that’s it—we’ll get your document ready, and you will be able to download, print, and sign it.

Some legal documents require notarization, but we have that covered too. With our Notarize Any Document feature, you can get a notary stamp and signature from a remote notary public in minutes.

Use DoNotPay’ Standardized Documents to Your Advantage

DoNotPay can do much more than help with divorce document preparation. We draw up various documents for you:

  1. Prenuptial agreement
  2. Custody agreement
  3. Promissory note
  4. Child care authorization form
  5. Bill of sale
  6. Non-compete agreement
  7. Non-disclosure agreement
  8. Independent contractor agreement
  9. Lease agreement
  10. LLC operating agreement
  11. General affidavit
  12. Intent to purchase real estate
  13. General business contract
  14. Quitclaim deed
  15. Estoppel certificate

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