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Part 4: Financial Disclosure

A Guide to Procedures in Family Court

Ministry of the Attorney General

Created: April 2012

Last Revised: October 2021

This guide does not provide legal advice. It is recommended that all parties seek legal advice where possible.

Please note that you can file almost any family court document online at any time using the Ministry of the Attorney General’s Justice Services Online. The Community Legal Education Ontario CLEO) has a  free online tool to help you complete your court forms. Before you submit documents online, make sure you qualify and have all the required documents.

Inside this guide

  1. Information Before You Start Your Family Case
  2. Starting a Family Case
    • General Application
    • Simple Application (divorce only)
    • Joint Application
  3. Answers
  4. Financial Disclosure
  5. Filing Documents
  6. Serving Documents
  7. Required Steps
    • Mandatory Information Program
    • First Appearance
    • Conferences
  8. Motions
  9. Trial
  10. Motions to Change a Final Order or Written Agreement

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You must usually serve and file financial disclosure if your case involves child support, spousal support, or property issues. Rule 13 of the Family Law Rules tells you about financial disclosure.

Financial disclosure means giving the other party and the court information about your finances, including your:

You should serve and file your financial disclosure as soon as possible in your case.

Financial Statements

You must usually complete, serve, and file a Financial Statement if your case involves:

In some cases, you do not have to file a Financial Statement, including if:

There are two different types of Financial Statements:

Your Financial Statement must be served on the other party and then filed with the court:

Supporting Financial Documents

Financial Documents for Child or Spousal Support Claims

If your case involves child or spousal support issues (regardless of whether or not there are property issues), you must give the other party:

These documents must be served on the other party:

All these documents must be served on the other party. However, only some of them must be filed with the court, including your:

Financial Documents for Property or Debt Claims

If your case involves property issues, you need to give the other party more financial documents. These documents should be dated closest to the time that you and the other party separated. Financial documents regarding property may include:

You must give these documents to the other party within 30 calendar days after your Financial Statement (Form 13.1) was due to be served.

You do not need to file these documents with the court, unless a judge orders otherwise.

Certifying Your Financial Disclosure

You must confirm which financial documents you have served on the other party by completing Form 13A: Certificate of Financial Disclosure. This form must be served with your financial documents on the other party. You must then file Form 13A with the court either before or with your first case conference materials.

Steps to Complete, Serve, and File Your Financial Statement and Supporting Financial Documents

You need to take the following steps to complete, serve, and file your financial disclosure:

  1. Get the Financial Statement (Form 13 or Form 13.1) and Certificate of Financial Disclosure (Form 13A), which is available online or at your local family court office.
  2. Fill out your Financial Statement (Form 13 or Form 13.1). Here are some tips to keep in mind:
    • Pay attention to the timing of the information you are providing – you may have to provide financial information from a certain time period.
    • Multiply the weekly cost of an expense by 4.3 to get the monthly amount.
    • Multiply the monthly cost of an expense by 12 to get the yearly amount.
    • Divide the annual cost by 12 to get the monthly cost.
    • If you handwrite the information, make sure it is clear and legible.
    • Fill out all the information you are asked for. Court staff cannot fill in the forms for you.
  3. Swear or affirm that the information in your Financial Statement (Form 13 or Form 13.1) is true, and sign it, in front of a commissioner for taking affidavits. There are commissioners at all family court offices who will commission the form for free.
  4. Collect your financial documents and fill out Form 13A: Certificate of Financial Disclosure.
  5. Make at least two photocopies of all your completed forms – one copy for yourself, one copy for the other party, and the original for the court.
  6. Serve the other party with a copy of your:
    • Completed Financial Statement (Form 13 or Form 13.1).
    • Completed Certificate of Financial Disclosure (Form 13A).
    • All supporting financial documents.
    You can find more information about how to serve documents in A Guide to Procedures in Family Court, Part 6: Serving Documents. You may also refer to Rule 6 in the Family Law Rules.
  7. Complete and swear or affirm Form 6B: Affidavit of Service to prove that you served the required financial forms and documents on the other party.
  8. File at the court the original versions of your:
    • Completed Financial Statement (Form 13 or Form 13.1).
    • Completed Certificate of Financial Disclosure (Form 13A).
    • Certain supporting financial documents (including proof of your current income and your Notices of Assessment and any Notices of Reassessment for the past three years).
    • Completed Affidavit of Service (Form 6B).

    You can file your documents online using Justice Services Online or in-person at the courthouse. Find more information about how to file documents in A Guide to Procedures in Family Court, Part 5: Filing Documents.

Get Help Completing Your Court Forms

If you want help filling out the financial disclosure forms and you don’t have a lawyer, you can:

You can find more information about these resources in A Guide to Procedures in Family Court, Part 1: Information Before You Start Your Family Case.

Updating Your Financial Disclosure

Updating Financial Statements

You must update your Financial Statement (Form 13 or Form 13.1):

Depending on how much your financial situation has changed, you can update your Financial Statement by completing:

You must then serve and file your updated Financial Statement (Form 13 or Form 13.1) or Affidavit (Form 14A):

Updating Financial Documents and Certificates of Financial Disclosure

At any stage in your case, if you realize that a financial document you served or filed is incorrect, incomplete, or out-of-date, you must serve a corrected or updated document on the other party and, where required, file it with the court. For example, if you previously provided a pay stub to the other party but recently lost your job, the pay stub would now be out of date. You must give an updated document to the other party that shows your current income (for example, a social assistance statement).

If you serve a corrected or updated financial document, you must also serve and file an updated Form 13A: Certificate of Financial Disclosure before or with any settlement conference or trial management conference materials.

Other Financial Disclosure Forms

You may need to serve and file more financial disclosure forms, depending on the issues and the stage of your court case.

Generally, if you or the other party made claims regarding property, you must complete: