I'm filling out an income & expense declaration and am stuck on page 3. For the last 6 months I've been living with family and getting General Assistance from the County. I'm in treatment trying to overcome the effects of an abusive relationship. I pay no rent, no utilities, I get food stamps (so no grocery bill), and due to no extra income don't have other expenses such as for clothes, entertainment, etc. My standard of living now is 180 degrees from before separation (lived in 3br house, nice car, good money from high earning ex).
Question is, do I disclose what (little) expenses I have as "estimated" or should I just check the "proposed needs" box and state what my expenses were (or 1/2 of them) before separation?I should also ask in regards to income - is all income earned outside of a 'job' considered 'self employment' income? I mean, I don't have a job so don't earn W-2s. Any money I do earn now is by doing whatever odd jobs come my way that I'm able to do (house sitting, running errands for people, cleaning homes, gardening, etc). It's not much and it's almost always in cash. (tho i do put in the bank). on the fl-150 it says to attach a P&L for self-employed, but does that apply to my situation? (I currently make less than $3k a year.) Should I just attach bank statements instead and just write where the cash deposited came from????
A few suggestions:
1. If your estimated expenses are low now and are below your needs and your marital standard of living, you should fill out page 3 showing your proposed needs, rather than your actual expenses. You can also if helpful to you fill out a separate attachment showing your current expenses and your expenses during marriage. No reason to limit yourself to a single "page 3".
2. For your income, self-employment seems the best way to describe it. It is most important that you accurately and completely disclose your income from all sources and that you attempt in good faith to complete the Income and Expense declaration accurately. Lean towards over-disclosure when in doubt.
I'd consider also hiring an experienced family law attorney to assist you and perhaps seeking attorney's fees from your former spouse if they have better ability to pay attorney's fees than you. This will help you get the assistance you need.
This post asks great questions and the time needed to respond accurately and fairly will probably make it impossible to get a full and fair response. I suggest that you invest in some time with an attorney to make sure this is done correctly.
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