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What if My Spouse or Partner Refuses to Complete Financial Disclosure?

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The State of California tries to help couples that want to get divorced to do it in a way that is relatively calm and cooperative. One way it tries to do this is to require each spouse or domestic partner to make a "full and accurate" list of everything each one owns and owes. This is called "disclosure."

Disclosure of all financial matters is considered an essential step toward the creation of a fair settlement agreement between the two spouses or partners. The exchange of "preliminary" and "final" declarations of disclosure (lists of what is owned and owed) is required under California Family Code, Section 2100. Opens new window

If your spouse or partner will not complete disclosure fully, then you may have to ask the court to order him or her to obey the law.

NOTE: If you find yourself in this situation, you may want to consult with an attorney. For help in getting low-cost legal aid, click here. Opens new window


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