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Dear Attorneys,

My divorce is pending and my husband and I have been living separately for a few months now. I started pet-sitting to make some extra cash. I do no have a registered business. It’s mostly for friends and family, but I do get paid. My attorney asked me to fill out a financial affidavit, and I don’t know if I should include this income. How do I figure this out?


Cathy Cash

Dear Cathy,

It’s great that you found a way to make some extra money during your divorce! Since you are represented by an attorney, you should have an honest and open conversation with them about your “side hustle.” It’s certainly not uncommon for people to have multiple sources of income. However, it is imperative that your financial affidavit is as accurate and complete as possible. Remember that you are under penalty of perjury when you sign the financial affidavit (and have it notarized). So ultimately, yes, you will need to include it, but you may want to ask your attorney if there is a specific way in which they want you to do such.  This is especially true if the income is inconsistent.

Remember, you don’t have to navigate this challenging situation alone. Seek support from experienced professionals who can guide you through the legal process and help you make informed decisions. Wolf & Shore Law Group is here to help you make your family law matters easier, not harder.  We are realistic and direct with our clients. We encourage potential clients to seek out a firm where they will feel comfortable and confident. Ever argue with a woman? Let Wolf & Shore Law Group go to work for you. Call us at 203.745.3151 or email us at

Very Truly Yours,

Wolf & Shore Law Group

*The situations represented in our Dear Attorneys column are entirely fictional and any resemblance to a specific case is unintentional. We cannot, and will not, offer legal advice to anyone who is not a client. However, if you do have questions or concerns, you should contact an attorney at your convenience.

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