Monthly Archives: November 2013
The short answer: a lot of information. Within 30 days of filing your complaint for divorce, you need to file what’s called a Case Information Statement (CIS). This is basically the most important document you are going to file with the court for the entirety of your divorce matter. It lists your personal information, the issues at stake in the divorce, your income, your spouse’s income, your tax information, your current income information, your monthly budget, your anticipated monthly budget post-divorce, and your assets and liabilities.
Like I said, a lot of information.
If you want to take a peek as to what lies ahead, I’ve uploaded a sample CIS form for your review here: CIS.
Generally gathering this information is the most difficult part of the divorce process. Oftentimes, one party will refuse to provide certain information. This is when lawyers become important to guide you through the process.
If you have any questions about this post, I am always available at email@example.com or at 973-584-5402.
Resolving issues concerning your divorce can be costly and difficult. While only a judge can actually grant a divorce, division of your property and your debts, alimony, child support, custody and parenting time are some of the other issues that may need to be resolved. A judge can decide all issues at trial. However, there are other ways to resolve many of the issues in your divorce. These alternate dispute resolution methods offer greater privacy than resolving the issues in a public trial. They also may be faster and less expensive, and may reduce the level of conflict between you and your spouse during your divorce. You are encouraged to discuss alternative dispute resolution with your lawyer to decide whether these alternate methods may help you and your spouse resolve as many of the issues relating to your divorce as possible before the matter is presented to the judge.
It is mandatory to familiarize yourself with these potential alternatives before retaining an attorney to handle your divorce matter. In fact, when you file your Complaint for Divorce, you must sign a sworn statement affirming that you are both aware of these alternatives and have nevertheless decided to proceed with litigation. The document your attorney will hand you will be very similar, if not identical, to the form I’ve linked to below.
Of course, I am always available to answer any and all questions you may have about these alternatives. I have presided over many, many successful divorce mediations in addition to my litigation practice. You can reach me at 973-584-5402 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those of you who have already been divorced or are considering getting divorced: Did you use mediation? Would you?