Massachusetts Family Law Financial Affidavits must be exchanged in all cases including child support matters.
The financial affidavits must be filled out neatly and legibly: online (print when finished) or IN BLACK INK. This is mandatory and cannot be waived, even if you have no property, no debts, no income or anything to divide. There are two affidavits: < $75,000 gross income (LESS THAN $75,000) and > $75,000 gross income (MORE THAN $75,000.00).
Court rules governing divorces require that each party provide certain financial documents and a completed financial affidavit to the other party within 45 days of the service of the petition or before any temporary relief hearing. Failure to provide this information can result in the court dismissing the case or not considering that party’s requests. The parties or the court can modify these requirements except for the filing of a financial affidavit, which is mandatory in all cases in which financial relief is sought.
Click, Download and Print the appropriate form above for you AND your spouse. Give a copy of your NOTARIZED affidavit to your spouse. If there are children of the marriage, we will need some of the information from them in order to calculate child support in accordance with the Massachusetts guidelines.
Most judges really don’t care how much you earn, what you own or owe and are not looking to pry. What does matter, though, is that the judge believes you both made informed and voluntary decisions and that the end result is reasonable under your particular circumstances.