Parties in a California family law divorce or legal separation matter must prepare and serve a set of extremely important forms known as the declarations of disclosure. These forms comprise the financial statements that set forth a full disclosure to each party of the other party’s respective income and expenses and assets and debts, regardless of its characterization as separate or community property. Parties are required to complete the preliminary declarations of disclosure (the first set of the documents at the outset of the proceeding) and parties are also required to complete the final declarations of disclosure, unless waived by both parties (if not waived, the final declarations of disclosure are to be exchanged no later than 45 days prior to the trial date, if not sooner).

The disclosure documents are comprised of the following: