What is a Domestic Relations Financial Affidavit?
A Domestic Relations Financial Affidavit is a sworn statement (under oath) that lists your assets and summarizing your monthly income, expenses and the debts that you owe. Basically, it is a snapshot of your financial condition.
Why Do I Need to Complete a Domestic Relations Financial Affidavit?
Domestic Relations Financial Affidavits are officially required by Georgia Uniform Rule of Superior Court 24.2. If required by the judge in an uncontested divorce, they are most frequently used by the judge to determine the proper amount of child support based upon the gross (pre-tax) incomes of the parties and the amount paid for the children’s health insurance. Filling out a Domestic Relations Financial Affidavit may seem like a tedious waste of time but they are an essential part of the process of obtaining an uncontested divorce if that is what the judge decides in your particular case. Some judges always require that financial affidavits be provided whenever the case involves minor children. However, most do not.
Who Needs to Complete a Domestic Relations Financial Affidavit?
In general, if you are a party to a family law case, such as divorce, custody, child support, alimony or modification case, you will need to complete a Domestic Relations Financial Affidavit (sometimes referred to as a “DRFA” or “Financial Affidavit”). However, it is our experience that, in the overwhelming number of uncontested divorce cases, a Financial Affidavit is NOT required. But, the judge for your case has the discretion to require that the parties submit their Financial Affidavits even in uncontested matters. If you will be required to submit your Financial Affidavit, we try to give you advance notice but sometimes the judge does not even decide to require them until the very last steps in a divorce.
Where Can I Find a Domestic Relations Financial Affidavit?
You can click HERE for a Financial Affidavit as a PDF or click HERE for a DRFA in a Microsoft Word fillable format. Both versions provide some instruction. But, we will provide further information in a later blog. You can also usually obtain a hard copy of the form directly from the Clerk of Court in the County where your case is pending.
When Do I Need to Complete a Domestic Relations Financial Affidavit?
You need to complete your Domestic Relations Financials Affidavit as soon as you can after we notify you that one is needed, attach two current paystubs and provide it to our office. We will reviewed it provide feedback to you for any necessary corrections. Once we receive it in final format and you have signed it in the presence of a notary public, we will file it with the Court for you (without your social security number, date of birth or other personal information).
It is our objective to take complicated situations and transform them into simple, fast, dignified and affordable divorces if the marriage cannot be saved.
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