One of the very worst things anyone can do during a divorce is to lie on
the income and expense declaration forms. These numbers are used for
division of assets, child support and spousal support calculations. Too often, individuals
willfully misrepresent their financial state on their income and expense
declaration forms and even assume they will get away with their deviation
from the rules. Their assumption that they will face no consequences is
usually based on one of the following common misconceptions:
- The other parent not having the time or money to spend digging for the facts.
- The judge not caring because “everyone” misrepresents income
and expenses during divorce.
- The punishment for lying on the income and expense declaration being “next
to nothing” anyway.
- What they perceive as minimal risk and maximum reward makes lying seem
In some instances, individuals who misrepresent their finances or LIE on
their income and expense declaration will actually get away with their
fraud. In these cases, the other party is treated unjustly. If you feel
you have been unjustly treated because your ex misrepresented their finances
on the income and expense declaration, get in touch with an experienced
Arizona divorce attorney immediately to discover whether or not it is
too late to do something about it.
If you fear that you could find yourself in this situation and want to
avoid it consider some of the most common lies or omissions on the income
and expense declaration made by those who do not want to be told to pay support.
Common Lies or Omissions About Income or Property by the Party Who Wants
to Avoid Support Payments Include:
- Blanks left in the income section in the hope that the other party will
- Income amounts filled in, but misrepresented.
- Including descriptive words in the place of numerical representations of
income, i.e. minimal, TBD (to be determined), etc. This tactic is not
good and can even be used against the person who attempted to use it as
it appears as a blatant attempt to avoid providing necessary financial
information that is required under penalty of perjury.
- Lack of documentation of income – verification of income is required
to be attached (paystubs, tax returns, etc.)
Common Lies or Omissions About Expenses by the Party Who Wants to
Avoid Support Payments Include:
- Exaggeration of expenses in order to show less disposable income. This
is not usually helpful due to the fact that both child support and spousal
support or maintenance is largely based on the gross income numbers.
- Expenses are downplayed in order to place suspicion on the other spouse’s
expense declaration – making their report appear to be exaggerated.
Common Lies or Omissions About Income by those Who Wish to Receive Support Include:
- The other spouse’s income is exaggerated in order to make it appear
that there is more cash available to be used as support payments.
- The parent completing the form works for cash or under the table income
and fails to list their total gross income correctly.
- Additional sources of income are not listed.
Common Lies or Omissions About Expenses by those Who Wish to Receive Support Include:
If you need to discuss the income and expense declaration forms and how
you should handle the division of your marital assets, contact the
Arizona divorce attorneys
at Arizona Family Law Attorneys.
- Indicating a greater need for support by exaggerating expenses.
- Filing to list other individuals or groups who contribute toward overall
expenses. (This is particularly relevant in cases where one parent is
cohabiting with another individual, as their financial contribution is
- Listing expenses that the spouse doesn't even pay, but the individual
paying support…DOES pay.