How to deal with a Supreme Court Financial Statement (Form F8)
A Supreme Court Financial Statement (Form F8) is a document that tells the judge/master about your income, expenses, assets, and debts. You must complete this form in the following situations:
- There's a claim for spousal support or child support against you.
- You're claiming spousal support.
- You're claiming child support and any of the following apply:
- You're claiming an amount other than the amount set out in the child support tables.
- You're claiming for special expenses.
- The child support is for stepchildren.
- At least one of the children for whom you're claiming support is 19 or over.
- Each parent has, or is applying for, at least 40 percent of the parenting time.
- Each parent has, or is applying to have, one child primarily in the care of one parent and another child primarily in the care of the other parent.
- The person being asked to pay child support makes more than $150,000 a year.
- Either spouse is claiming undue hardship.
- There's an application to set aside or replace all or any part of an agreement that deals with child support.
For information about spousal support, see our fact sheet on Spousal support.
For information about child support, see our fact sheet on Child support.
You'll find the information you need to complete the Financial Statement in the documents that you need to gather and attach to it (see the next section).
The Financial Statement contains instructions to help you fill it out. You can either fill it out online or print it out and fill it out by hand (print neatly using dark-coloured ink).
Important: At this time, earlier versions of Acrobat Reader and the Preview application on Mac computers (and some servers and the Google Chrome browser) don't support these new forms, so you may need to either update your Acrobat Reader or use a PC at your local library or a friend's place to access them.
Tips: To find out how the forms work, see the Supreme Court Civil and Family Forms "How To" Guide on the Court Services Branch website.
If you need help, see Filling out court forms — Who can help.
If you're in Vancouver, the Vancouver Justice Access Centre's Self-Help and Information Services can help you with the forms.
The Financial Statement is divided into six parts, listed below. You may not have to fill them all out. The form itself will tell you which parts to complete.
- Part 1 — Income
- Part 2 — Monthly expenses
- Part 3 — Property
- Part 4 — Special or extraordinary expenses
- Part 5 — Undue hardship
- Part 6 — Income of other persons in household
Everyone must attach the following documents to the Financial Statement:
- A copy of the last three income tax returns you filed, including any attachments. (If you don't have copies, ask your nearest tax office for them. To find the office, go to the Canada Revenue Agency website or look in the blue federal government pages of your telephone book under "Taxes — Canada Revenue Agency.")
- A copy of every income tax Notice of Assessment and Reassessment that the Canada Revenue Agency has issued to you for the three most recent tax years.
In addition, attach any of the following documents that apply to you:
- If you're an employee: your most recent statement of earnings, showing your total earnings (including overtime) paid so far this year, or a letter from your employer that says what your total earnings (including overtime) are so far this year, and what your annual salary is.
- If you're getting Employment Insurance (EI) benefits: copies of the three most recent benefit statements (the cheque stubs).
- If you're getting workers' compensation benefits: copies of the three most recent benefit statements.
- If you're getting income assistance: a statement from the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation that shows how much you've received in benefits and for which months you got it — ask your employment assistance worker (EAW) for this.
- If you own a home or other property: a copy of the most recent assessment notice (usually from BC Assessment if the property is in BC).
Also attach any of the following documents that have applied to your situation over the last three years:
- If you've been self-employed, a copy of the following for the three most recent tax years:
- the financial statements for your business or professional practice (other than a partnership), and
- a statement showing a breakdown of all salaries, wages, management fees, or other payments or benefits paid to, or on behalf of, people or corporations you deal with closely (that is, not at arm's length).
- If you're a partner in a partnership: confirmation of your income draw from and capital in the partnership for the three most recent tax years.
- If you control a corporation: the financial statements of the corporation and its subsidiaries and a statement showing a breakdown of all salaries, wages, management fees, or other payments paid to, or on behalf of, people and corporations that your corporation and all related corporations deal with closely (that is, not at arm's length).
- If you've received payouts from a trust: a copy of the trust settlement agreement and copies of the trust's three most recent annual financial statements.
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