Pursuant to Uniform Superior Court Rule 24.2, in all cases involving temporary or permanent child support, alimony, equitable division of property, modification of child support or alimony or attorney’s fees, all parties are required to submit a Domestic Relations Financial Affidavit (“DRFA”). Unless otherwise ordered by the Court, if you file your case with an agreement or consent order resolving all issues (except divorce) you are not required to file a DRFA. Your DRFA is a summary of your average monthly income and average monthly expenses including payments to any creditors. It will also include a summary of your assets (value of your home, vehicle etc.) You are required to file the DRFA 5 days before any temporary hearing or mediation. If you later amend your DRFA for any reason you must file the DRFA 5 days before the final trial.
Your DRFA is important because it assists the Court in reviewing your financial circumstances and in making decisions. For example, if you are requesting alimony which is based on need and ability to pay, the Court will look at your available resources and what your expenses are in determining whether and how much to award you in alimony. When preparing your DRFA keep in mind that your expenses may not be the same exact amount each month so you will need to average your expenses. The DRFA is important so be accurate as possible when completing. Be sure to discuss your DRFA with your attorney and gather any documents supporting your numbers.