When divorce proceedings are commenced, each spouse is required to fill out a financial affidavit. This form, which becomes part of the court record, shows income from all sources, debt (or liabilities), living expenses, and assets. Each party swears (under the pains and penalties of perjury) that the information contained on his or her affidavit is true. A judge will use the information contained in this affidavit when he or she issues temporary orders regarding separate maintenance (temporary alimony), child support, and other financial matters during the period of separation. The document is useful to attorneys, as it becomes the basis for seeking (or arguing against) temporary support and assists the attorney later during the discovery and property settlement phases of divorce.