07 Dec What Is a Case Information Statement
Rule 5:5-2(b) requires you to file the SIC within 20 days of filing a reply or appearance. As mentioned earlier, you should also pay attention to whether your situation has changed to the extent that it warrants a modified CIS. If your case goes to court, New Jersey requires that all CIS forms be updated and resubmitted at least 20 days before the trial begins. If you do not meet these deadlines, you may be prevented from presenting certain evidence to the court. Once the divorce petition and pleas have been filed in New Jersey Family Court, a “Case Information Statement” must also be filed and submitted. Completing the New Jersey Case Information Return, also known as CIS, can be time-consuming. However, your commitment to properly complete this document may affect the resolution of your divorce case. If the lawyer completing the information return makes an error, or if circumstances change or new information is discovered, the party who wishes to amend the disclosure statement may do so by submitting an application to the judge hearing the case. The New Jersey case information statement is arguably the most important document in your divorce case. Without them, our New Jersey divorce attorneys wouldn`t have the information they need to effectively advocate for you. There are seven different parts of a CIS, all of which deal with income, assets, and expenses. Part A is the section dealing with personal information, such as the names and addresses of the parties, dates of birth, children and any contentious issues. Part B covers various information about employers and whether things like health insurance are available.
Part C covers income in detail, which will be discussed in more detail later in this article. Part D represents the monthly expenses, carefully presented. Part E is a complete list of all assets and liabilities, including their designation and value. Part F is the “presentation of particular problems”, and here you can give explanations or additional information to the court about the obstacles you face. For example, if you are caring for a family member, you may want to bring them to the attention of the court. Finally, in Part G, please provide all necessary annexes and supporting documents. The monthly budget component of Part D is a critical component of New Jersey`s CIS. It will provide an overall breakdown of your expenses each month and the amount of net income or support needed to meet those needs. As you will notice in the NJ Case Information Statement, you will need to indicate expenses incurred for your shared marital lifestyle (i.e. standard of living) and those that reflect your current expenses if you already live in separate apartments. If you have questions about how to file and file a New Jersey Case Information Return, consult a qualified family law attorney. Peter Van Aulen has more than 20 years of experience helping individuals navigate New Jersey family courts.
Call him at 201-845-7400 for a free office consultation. Often, the preparation of an information statement is the first time that each spouse examines in detail the finances of the marriage. As a result, it is common for each party`s disclosure statement to differ significantly. As the divorce case progresses and more information is gathered, litigants must update their case information statements to the court. According to court rules, an update is also required no later than twenty (20) days before the trial. While a trial is rare, filing updates with the court as more information becomes known can be an effective way to keep the court informed of the progress of your case and alert the court to any particular issues that could hinder resolution. The purpose of a case information statement is to inform the judge and court clerk of the type of case filed by the parties so that they can better prepare for the case. Some courts (for example, the New Jersey Superior Court) place different types of cases on different “leads” in order to limit the length of discovery. For Part E liabilities, you must provide information on real estate mortgages, lines of credit, long-term debt, recurring costs (i.e.
credit cards), short-term debts and contingent liabilities.