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Definition of Affidavit

An affidavit is a voluntary statement or written compilation of the facts of a case under oath. The affidavit relates specifically to the issue to be decided and should be the person?s own account of events. The affidavit can be used in court as evidence.

The purpose of the affidavit is for each party in a dispute to provide their evidence to the court so the court can review the information and determine what the disagreeing or disputing parties are asking the court to decide. The court?s goal is to judge the disagreements, after considering all of the evidence, and decide who has the strongest evidence to prove their case. Affidavits as a form of evidence allow the court to weigh differing versions of events.

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