You must consult with your lawyer to know which documents are required for your particular case, since documents may vary from case to case. In India, photocopies of the following documents should be handed over to your lawyer when you want to file for divorce.

  • Income Tax statements of the past 3 years
  • Details of your profession and your current remuneration
  • Your birth and family-related information
  • Details of properties and assets that you possess
  • Marriage details (ie, marriage photograph, marriage registration certificate, etc.)

In addition to the documents mentioned above, you would also be required to give your lawyer a detailed account of your marriage, including how and when you and your spouse got married and what led to the breakdown of the marriage.

It is imperative to be honest to your lawyer because the more transparent you are, the easier it will be for your lawyer to file a detailed and strong petition for seeking a contested divorce. Your lawyer will guide you through the kind of evidence required to make the essence of your petition stronger. For instance, these could include hospital bills or medical reports in case you have been a victim of domestic violence.

The court will then send a notice along with a copy of your petition by registered post to your spouse shortly after this. Your spouse will be summoned to court on a date specified in the notice.