Understanding the Importance of the Case Information Statement in Divorce Actions

In a divorce proceeding, once the Complaint for Divorce and Answer are filed, the parties, with the help of their attorneys, must next each prepare their own Case Information Statement (“CIS”).  Parties to a divorce often view the CIS as an intimidating and burdensome part of the divorce process.  However, the CIS is arguably one of the most essential documents in a divorce action.  It is relied upon throughout the proceedings in order to answer written discovery, as well as in negotiating child support and alimony payments, even if those issues are uncontested.  Therefore, it is of utmost importance that clients take the time to provide their attorney with an accurate representation of their financial circumstances.  The CIS can essentially be broken down into three main sections – income information, monthly expenses, and assets and liabilities.

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