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How to Fill Out Your Financial Declaration, Paragraph One. By Braxton Mounteer, Legal Assistant

If you find yourself involved in a Utah divorce action (whether child support will be an issue or not) or an action over the support of minor children in Utah (such as a child support action or action for parentage/paternity), you will need to exchange with your spouse or with the other parent an official court form known as the “Financial Declaration” (see Utah Rules of Civil Procedure 26.1). This blog series will concisely walk you through the process of preparing your financial declaration correctly.

As a general matter: you want to ensure your financial declaration is as accurate and complete as you can make it.

There are twelve total paragraphs in the Financial Declaration form.

Paragraph one of your financial declaration is easy to complete. It consists of checking a box declaring whether you are filing your financial declaration with the court.

When do you file your financial declaration with the court?:

  • In the event that you have a hearing regarding an issue of child support, spousal support, marital property, marital debts, attorney fees, court fees, or the court has specifically requested that a financial declaration be filed with the court.

Even if you are not required to file your financial declaration with the court, you are still required by the Rules of Civil Procedure to serve a copy of it (along with supporting documents for the claims and statements you make in your financial declaration) on the opposing party.

Please follow the rest of our posts on preparing your financial declaration, so that you understand better what is required of your financial declaration and why (and why it’s so important to ensure your financial declaration is as accurate and complete as you can make it).

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