What is mandatory disclosure in a Child Support Case?

Mandatory disclosure is a Florida family law regulation which, in cases where financial relief is an issue, requires both parties to submit to the court and serve on the spouse a financial affidavit within 45 days of the original pleading. This is a mandatory practice which cannot usually be waived by the court or by an agreement between the parties.

Mandatory disclosure also requires both parties to submit financial documents showing evidence of income, such as tax returns or pay stubs. A party cannot shirk revealing financial information by guaranteeing he/she is able to pay whatever alimony or child support the court orders. Under the conditions of mandatory disclosure, failure to present any financial documents may result in forfeiting the allowable deductions to computed income.

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