Updating Important Documentation During Divorce
Couples who decide to end their marriages are required to provide each other, their attorneys, and the courts with a wide range of documentation. For instance, besides being asked to produce financial disclosure documentation, couples may also be presented with a Request for Production, a Request for Admissions, or interrogatories. The sheer number of requests can make it easy for parties to inadvertently omit certain information or to forget to update or supplement documentation over time. This can have significant repercussions, including sanctions from the court or the creation of an unfair divorce settlement, so if you and your spouse have decided to file for divorce, it is important to consult with an experienced Fort Lauderdale divorce lawyer who can ensure that you update and disclose the necessary documentation throughout the divorce process.
A number of divorce matters involve the financial status of the parties, including alimony awards, child support, and property division. For this reason, providing accurate financial information to the court throughout the divorce process is extremely important. In fact, under Florida law, both parties to a divorce are required not only to submit initial financial affidavits to the court, but also to supplement that documentation when:
- A material change in their financial status occurs;
- They discover that a prior response was inaccurate or incomplete; or
- They determine that a prior response is no longer accurate.
The documents that fall under this rule include:
- Financial affidavits;
- Mandatory disclosures;
- Child support guideline worksheets;
- Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) affidavits;
- Interrogatories; and
- Other discovery documents.
Because divorcing couples must supplement these documents any time there is a significant change, it is especially important for the parties to keep track of their documentation and financial status, which can help them keep an eye on important modifications, such as:
- A loss or gain of employment;
- A promotion or demotion;
- The sale of property or assets;
- Paying off debt;
- The recent acquisition of a new asset; or
- A scheduled or unscheduled bonus.
These types of changes can have important repercussions on a person’s ability to pay child support or alimony, so if you recently underwent a financial change in circumstances and have questions about what that means for your divorce, including how it will be reflected in your submissions to the court, please reach out to our office today.
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Failing to supplement or amend divorce-related responses in a timely manner can have serious repercussions, including court sanctions that can significantly hinder a case. Speaking to an attorney at our Fort Lauderdale office is free of charge, so if you have questions about the types of documentation you need to submit during your own divorce and how to avoid sanctions for failing to supplement that documentation, please call dedicated divorce lawyer Sandra Bonfiglio, P.A. at 954-945-7591 today. You can also get in touch with a member of our team by completing one of our online contact forms.