When the decision to end a marriage is made, the parties must go to Court to obtain a decree of divorce. The decree sets forth the terms of the divorce and specifically spells out decisions on important issues. Who gets the house, or a car are parts of a divorce decree; and where the children will live is also included in the decree. Division of assets and liabilities, and payment of child support are the financial aspects you can expect to see in your final divorce papers. The decree is like a blueprint for how the parties live post-divorce, as far as issues such as the children and property are concerned. But, getting there is a huge task.
The rule in Florida is for mandatory disclosure of financial information when you file for divorce. This means that when you file a petition seeking a divorce, you also have to present your spouse with a financial affidavit. The affidavit must include the following:
- Copies of tax returns.
- Pay stubs and other salary information.
- All loan applications made within a certain time frame of the filing of the petition.
- Deeds and banking account information for both savings and checking accounts.
Both parties are required to make these disclosures, and must do so within 45 days of the petition file date. This means the clock is ticking, and it is crucial you contact a skilled family law attorney for assistance preparing the information. Presentation of the documents goes much smother when it is timely done, and the disclosure are prepared accurately. This will get your case off to a good start, and bring the finish line closer.
For more information about divorce and the mandatory disclosures, call a Stuart and Treasure Coast family law attorney with experience. The fee for your fist visit is a flat fee and we work with you for results that are satisfactory. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.