Once you decide to get a divorce, the work of organizing your finances should begin in earnest. Both the organized and disorganized alike will be required to gather up financial documents. The paperwork plays an important part in your settlement or in the court's determination of equitable distribution, child support and alimony. You and your spouse will need to produce bank statements, tax returns, deeds, mortgage information, life insurance and health insurance policies, proof of income, as well as credit and social security reports and retirement account information. Your lawyer will provide you a list of documents to gather up. The more information you have on hand the better and the sooner the better!