If you are going to go through the court system to litigate your case, both parties are required by Family Code, Section 2104 to file a packet of financial disclosure documents called Preliminary Declaration of Disclosure and a Final Declaration of Disclosure.
However, even if you settle your case amicably you are both required to complete these forms and exchange them according to law. This must be done properly or your divorce can be “set aside” (cancelled) and you may have to start your case all over again.
In other words, you cannot be divorced in California without completing your financial disclosure documents regardless of whether you settle your divorce amicably or litigate.
We assist with this process at Amicable Divorce Services to make sure that it is done properly.