In matters of divorce, custody, child support and other family law cases, a party may request that the other party complete an Income and Expense Declaration form once per year. This form must include any relevant pay stubs as well as the prior year's state and federal tax returns.
An Income and Expense Declaration form is most commonly used as a prerequisite for filing a Motion for Modification of Child, Family or Spousal Support. By detailing the financial standing of the party in question, the arbiters of the case can determine if that person's ability to contribute to support has changed. If the party fails to respond to a request for an Income and Expense Declaration within 35 days or submits an incomplete form, the requesting party may serve a Request for Income and Benefit Information directly to the other party's employer.