Recent changes to Family Law Rules prompt minor changes to financial disclosure timelines

Revised financial disclosure forms effective September 1

Recent changes to Family Law Rules prompt minor changes to financial disclosure timelines

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As the summer winds down, DivorceMate is ramping up to ensure its users are aware of revisions to forms to bring them in line with recent changes to the Family Law Rules.

“These Rule changes require minor changes to financial disclosure forms, with a focus primarily on changing timelines for financial disclosure,” says Christine Montgomery, Director of Family Law Training, Support and Development at DivorceMate.

The following changes came into effect September 1, 2021:

For case conferences

Forms 13 and 13.1 are to be updated if more than 60 (previously 30) days old by time of conference. Forms 13, 13.1 and 13A are to be served and filed at least 6 (previously 7) days before conference for requesting party, and 4 days for the other party.

For settlement conferences

Forms 13 and 13.1 are to be updated if more than 60 (previously 30) days old by time of conference. Forms 13, 13.1, 13A, 13B and 13C (whether separate or joint)

are to be served & filed at least 6 (previously 7 for 13, 13.1, 13A and 13C; previously 30 for 13B) days before the conference for the requesting party, and 4 days for the other party.

For motions

Forms 13 and 13.1 are to be updated if more than 30 days old before the time of motion. Forms 13, 13.1 and 13A are to be served and filed at least 6 (previously 7) days before the motion for the requesting party, and 4 days for the other party.

For trials

Forms 13 and 13.1 are to be updated if more than 40 (previously 30) days old before the earlier of trial/trial sittings. Forms 13, 13.1 and 13B are to be served and filed no later than 30 (previously 7 for 13 and 13.1; previously not more than 30, and not less than 7 for 13B) days before the earlier of the trial/trial sittings. The trial record is to be served and filed at least 20 (previously 30) days before the earlier of the trial/trial sittings.

The financial disclosure changes, which came into effect on Sept. 1, 2021, were minor enough that the DivorceMate Cloud existing financial forms were able to be automatically converted to the new form on that date. For users of DivorceMate’s desktop product, the revised forms were released earlier.

“DivorceMate Cloud users must ensure that any amended financial form filed on or after the effective date was not printed prior to September 1st, otherwise it will be rejected,” Montgomery warns. “Users of the desktop product must ensure the correct form is being used based on filing date.”

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