Why do litigants have to turn over all of their financial documents to the other side?
Financial disclosure is mandatory in New York divorce cases. Judges get annoyed at litigants who do not comply with discovery. Many times it is the lawyers fault for not complying. Many lawyers are disorganized and do not advise their clients properly. I have been in Court countless times when Judges yell at the lawyers and their clients for failing to turn over discovery documents. Common sense tells you not to have the Judge who is deciding your future feel you are trying to hide something from the other side.