If you are going through a divorce in New Jersey, you are familiar with a document called the Case Information Statement or “CIS.” The CIS is a financial form that each party needs to fill out and provides a snapshot of that party’s entire financial situation.
Yes, the CIS is long, extremely detailed, and takes a long time to complete. As a result, many clients don’t spend a lot of time on it. That is a big mistake.
The CIS is probably the most vital document in a New Jersey divorce case. Your divorce lawyer needs it to have a full picture of your finances. If you do not provide all of the information and documentation, you hamper the ability of your legal counsel to properly represent you.
At that point, your lawyer must fill in the gaps, which requires more work for which he/she must be paid. Otherwise, the missing information may result in an unfavorable settlement or court decision.
Of course, many clients need help understanding exactly what is required and why it is so important. A good New Jersey divorce lawyer will assist you in the preparation of the CIS and remind you that it must be periodically updated, as necessary. However, if a client spends the time to gather and include all of the necessary information and documentation in the first instance, it will prove to be invaluable in both the litigation and settlement processes.
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