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What is the Financial Affidavit in a Connecticut Divorce?

white square with a gold border and black writing that says "what is a financial affidavit" with the freed marcroft logo in the lower right cornerThe financial affidavit is one of the main, and most important, documents in a Connecticut divorce.  They are used in all types of divorces: litigated, collaborative, and mediated. Please read on to learn more.

What Information Goes on a Financial Affidavit?

The financial affidavit is a financial snapshot of your income, expenses, assets, and debts.

You and your Freed Marcroft team will make a plan to gather the financials necessary to complete the financial affidavit. Connecticut has two Financial Affidavit forms for parties to fill out. The “short affidavit” is for parties whose assets total assets equal less than $75,000.  The “long affidavit” is for parties whose total assets equal more than $75,000.

We designed a way for our clients to share financials that avoids the confusion of the form financial affidavit.  For example, our approach converts seasonal expenses like gardening and snow removal to weekly expenses.  It also anticipates complex compensation structures including deferred stock and commissions.

What is an Affidavit?

In a nutshell, an affidavit is a sworn, written statement.  With the financial affidavit, you certify under the penalties of perjury that the information is complete, true, and accurate.

What is the Purpose of a Financial Affidavit in a Divorce?

Each spouse’s lawyer prepares a financial affidavit for exchange.  Financial affidavits give a clear and accurate picture of the finances of the marriage, which sets the stage for negotiations and discussions about property division, alimony, and child support.  It may lead to an additional exchange of documents or discovery.

If you reach an agreement in your divorce, the financial affidavits give the court confidence that the spouses have shared the appropriate information to reach a fair and equitable agreement. This is critical, because the judge must determine that your agreement is fair and equitable to make it an enforceable order of the court at an uncontested hearing.

Next Steps

Now that you have learned more about financial affidavits, you may want to learn more about how property division works in Connecticut divorces.

Or, you may want to switch gears and learn about “How Alimony Works in Connecticut Divorces.”

To start making a plan for your divorce, reach out.  Our first step at Freed Marcroft, the Goals & Planning Conference, is designed to get to the heart of your problem and unveil your true goals.  Then, we take those goals along with the facts of your case and analyze them so that we can present you with recommendations and options on how to move forward.

Schedule your Goals & Planning Conference today, or contact us either here or by phone at 860-560-8160.

Written by Meghan Freed