RULE 97. FINANCIAL PROVISIONS. (a) When Financial Information is Required. (1) Absent exigent circumstances, each party shall complete, sign, file, and serve on all parties a financial declaration for any motion, trial, or settlement conference that concerns the following issues: (A) Payment of a child's expenses, such as tuition, costs of extracurricular activities, medical expenses, or college; (B) Child support or spousal maintenance; or (C) Any other financial matter, including payment of debt, attorney and expert fees, or the costs of an investigation or evaluation. (2) A party may use a previously-prepared financial declaration if all information in that declaration remains accurate. (3) Financial declarations need not be provided when presenting an order by agreement or default. (b) Supporting Documents to be filed with the Financial Declaration. Parties who file a financial declaration shall also file the following supporting documents: (1) Pay stubs for the past six months (or the most recent pay stub if it includes year-to-date information for the prior six months). If a party does not receive pay stubs, other documents shall be provided that show all income received from whatever source, and the deductions from earned income for these periods; (2) Complete personal tax returns for the prior two years, including all Schedules and all W-2s; (3) If either party owns an interest of 5% or more in a corporation, partnership or other entity that generates its own tax return, the complete tax return for each such corporation, partnership or other entity for the prior two years; (4) If a party asks the court to order or change child support or order payment of other expenses for a child, each party shall also file completed Washington State Child Support Worksheets. (c) Documents to be filed under Seal. Tax returns and pay stubs should not be attached to the Financial Declaration but should be submitted to the clerk under a cover sheet with the caption "Sealed Financial Source Documents." If so designated, the Clerk will file these documents under seal so that only a party to the case or their attorney can access these documents from the court file without a separate court order. [Adopted effective September 1, 2012.]
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