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Give Financial Information in a Family Law Case

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A Washington Forms Online interview. Do-it-yourself court forms and instructions on LawHelp Interactive to complete a Financial Declaration and provide other financial information.

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What will this interview do? What forms will I get? What is a Financial Declaration? What other financial information do I need? How do I keep my information private? What do I need before I start? What does my computer need? Ready to get started?

What will this interview do?

This free program asks questions and uses your answers to complete your forms. When you finish the interview, you can save, edit, email, download or print your completed forms. You will also get instructions to help with your next steps. 

Watch our How-To Video to see how it works.

What forms will I get?

  1. Instructions
  2. Financial Declaration (FL All Family 131)
  3. Proof of Mailing or Hand Delivery (FL All Family 112)

You will also get these forms, if needed:

  1. Sealed Financial Source Documents (Cover Sheet) (FL All Family 011)
  2. Sealed Personal Health Care Records (Cover Sheet) (FL All Family 012)

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What is a Financial Declaration?

A Financial Declaration is a statement about your income, assets, and expenses. It may also include information about the other party's income.

File a Financial Declaration when the judge will be making decisions about money in a family law case. This could be for: 

  • Child support
  • Spousal maintenance (alimony)
  • Dividing marital property
  • Fees and costs for the case

You may need to file a Financial Declaration at the beginning of your case, when filing or responding to a motion for temporary orders, or to prepare for trial.

What other financial information do I need?

Financial records can help prove to the judge that what you are saying in your Financial Declaration is true. Local court rules may also require you to file certain kinds of financial records about your income, such as taxes, paystubs, or W-2s.

Usually, you do not have to show proof of your expenses unless the judge or the other party questions them.

If health issues have limited your ability to work, you may want to file health records to prove it.

How do I keep my information private?

Both financial and health records have sensitive personal information. You will get Sealed Cover Sheets to use when filing your records. You may also black out (redact) information that you do not want anyone to see, like your social security number, or your address if it is confidential.

Using a Sealed Cover Sheet keeps your records away from the general public. You still must give a copy of anything you file with the court to the person/s on the other side of your case.

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What do I need before I start?

It is helpful to have your most recent paystubs, taxes or benefits statements with you when doing this interview. If your paychecks vary, you may want to add up the past six months or a year and calculate the average monthly amount.

We will ask how much you spend each month on:

  • housing
  • utilities
  • food
  • health care
  • transportation
  • children’s expenses
  • other household and personal expenses.
  • debt payments

Have bills or statements handy for reference.  

What does my computer need?

This interview works best on a desktop computer, laptop, or large tablet. If you only have a mobile device, go to a library or other location with a desktop computer and printer. You must print your forms to file them in court.

Your documents will download as .RTF files (rich text format). They can be opened in Microsoft Word, Google Docs, Pages, Word Pad, and other word processors. You can email your forms directly from LawHelp Interactive to yourself or someone else who can print them for you.

It could take up to 30 minutes to get through the interview. If you don't have enough time to finish, save your answers by creating a free account with LawHelp Interactive. You can create an account before you start or after you finish the interview.

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Disclaimer:  This program is designed to follow current law. It does not apply legal principles and judgment to anyone's specific circumstances.

Last Review and Update: Oct 04, 2019
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