Lying on income and expense declaration forms in a divorce, child support or spousal support case is one of the dumbest things a spouse or parent can do. Those who do it and do so willfully seem to believe that they will get away with it. This assumption generally comes from one or some of the following:
- The other spouse or parent won’t have time or money to dig into the truth,
- The judge won’t care because everybody lies in their income and expense declaration,
- Even if the judge finds out, the punishment for lying on the income and expense declaration will be little to nothing,
- The risk versus reward is worth lying.
Sometimes, those that lie on the income and expense declaration do get away with it. Sometimes, injustice is done as a result. Whether or not it is too late to do something about it in your specific case is not what this article is intended to answer. That answer can only come after consulting with an experienced family law attorney. Such issues usually need a thorough review of the file to find out what happened in your case and why it happened. Retaining an attorney to do that is well worth it.
This article will discuss (a) the different types of deception we have seen on an income and expense declaration and (b) some helpful tips to combat it.
Before we begin, let’s briefly talk about what an income and expense declaration form (Judicial Council Form FL-150) is and its significance. [Read more...]