Sorting out divorce paperwork is nothing short of a nightmare, especially when you are not residing in the home where your financial documentation is stored.
If you are preparing to leave your partner and think that gaining access to these sorts of files might be difficult, you might want to consider the following.
Gather together your bank and savings account statements, also mortgage or rental statements, outstanding loans, payslips, any paperwork that pertains to business accounts, stock and share information and indeed any other financial related items going back at least a year, preferably two.
If you cannot easily photocopy them, take photographs of them instead and try to take them straight on so they could easily be printed out if need be.
Above all, take your time and ensure you can read all of the numbers before you pack everything away. If the physical movement of such paperwork is likely to cause a problem, carefully copy the files one at a time during a period when you know you’re not going to be disturbed and put them back exactly as they were, so as not to raise suspicion.
Getting ready to draw your relationship to a close is stressful enough; with hindsight, this is one exercise your pocket will be glad you completed before you pushed that big red button.