Q: How to address inconsistancies in other parties Sworn Financial statement. Not provided pertinent supporting docs
A: Send a deficiency notice stating what is missing. If still not provided, request a status conference with the court.
You ask an excellent question - as you can imagine, inconsistencies in Sworn Financial Statements and pertinent financial disclosures happen all of the time in domestic relations actions. To be really clear, there are many ways to handle this situation and there is not a clear-cut or "one size fits all" type of response. First and foremost, it is important for you to know that parties to domestic relations actions stand in a fiduciary relationship with one another and have a generally heightened legal responsibility to one another to be transparent and forthcoming about their relevant financial circumstances.
I highly suggest that you consult with a qualified domestic relations attorney to discuss your options and whether it makes financial sense to have an attorney involved in the process. From a practical perspective, if you are concerned about a low-value inconsistency, it is not generally a net financial gain to involve counsel. However, if there are substantial and meaningful inconsistencies, I highly suggest that you retain counsel to ensure that you are as protected as possible and to protect your financial future.
Christopher N. Little, Esq.
CNL Law Firm, PLLC
*Please note that while I am an attorney, I am not your attorney and do not represent you or your legal interests. It is very important for you to talk to a qualified domestic relations attorney before you take further action. I sincerely wish you only the absolute best.
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