How to Fill Out the Family Law Financial Affidavit Short Form


In family law cases that involve some form of support (such as child support or alimony) the financial situation of each party is important. According to the website U.S. Legal, financial affidavits are often the starting point for determining how much support is needed or due in any particular situation. A financial affidavit lists a party's income, expenses assets and liabilities. Courts may have short forms for the parties to use. In Florida, for example, a party can use the short form if her individual income is less than $50,000 per year.

Things You'll Need

  • Monthly income expense amounts
  • Fill out the case caption at the top of the affidavit. The case caption includes the judicial circuit number for the court (such as the 54-B Judicial Court), the county where the count is located, the case number and the names of the parties.

  • Write your full legal name, occupation and employer, and the amount you make on the lines provided.

  • Provide information about your income; only give an answer for lines that apply to your situation. For example, if the affidavit asks for monthly disability benefits, but you do not receive disability benefits, skip that line or write "0."

  • Provide information about your expenses. Some items are straightforward, such as how much you pay for rent or utilities. You may need to review your monthly bills to determine the exact amounts for other expenses, such as how much you pay for food, gasoline for your car, etc.

  • List your assets and liabilities on the lines provided. Assets generally include cash in bank accounts, stocks, real estate and personal property. Liabilities include credit cards, auto loans, mortgages and other debts.

  • Bring the completed form to a notary public in your area. The notary will ask you if the information in the form is true to the best of your knowledge. If it is true, the notary will ask you to sign the form and then the notary will prescribe her seal as proof of the document's accuracy.

Tips & Warnings

  • Financial affidavits are legal documents. Readers having trouble completing the affidavit should seek legal assistance. Forms may vary by state and are subject to change if the laws change. This article was written for informational purposes only. It does not offer legal advice.


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