What is a financial statement? What documents do I have to give my partner?

4. Update your financial statement

Financial statements must be updated:

  • when there's a significant change to your or your partner's income, for example, if they get a new job and their income changes a lot
  • after a certain number of days

Before September 1, 2021, financial statements had to be updated if they were more than 30 days old. After September 1, you may be able to update your financial statements less often.

The table below explains when you have to update your .

If you're going to a: Old rule New rule
Case conference or 30 days 60 days
Motion 30 days 30 days
Trial 30 days 40 days

The deadline to and updated financial statements depends on where the case is in the family court process, for example, a conference, , or trial. The table below explains when to do this.

Stage in court process New rule
Conference At least 6 days before the conference for the applicant, and 4 days for the respondent
Motion At least 6 days before the conference for the applicant, and 4 days for the respondent
Trial At least 20 days before the trial or trial sitting, whichever is earlier

To update your financial statement, you have to fill out, serve, and file one of the following:

You also have to fill out Form 13A: Certificate of Financial Disclosure, where you list all the documents that prove what you said in your financial statement.

This can include copies of your pay stubs, recent tax returns, and notices of assessment. If you don't have a copy of your notices of assessment, you can get a copy of your income and deductions statement from Canada Revenue Agency by calling 1-800-959-8281.

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