Family Part Case Information Statement - How a Court Knows Your Financial Situation
When you have filed for divorce (or if you are already divorced and are asking the Court for changes), you will need to provide the Court with certain financial information. This includes things like your recent paystubs, tax returns, W-2s, and any other documentation which demonstrates your usual income. Courts use this information to determine what income you have available for whatever issue is currently being dealt with. Courts will also want to know what expenses you face on a regular basis. These expenses include obvious things like rent or a mortgage, but also less obvious things lawn care or snow removal. It's important to think about EVERY expense you have, so a court can get a clear picture of your financial situation. This documentation then helps your attorney, the other side's attorney, and the Court determine the most appropriate outcome in your case. You will need to fill out a Case Information Statement, and attached a fair amount of documentation. A black copy of the Case Information State can be found on the New Jersey Courts Website. You should familiarize yourself with this document and begin filling it out early in your matter. If you don't understand something, or if you think something is missing, make sure to discuss with your attorney. If you don't have an attorney, you should put a note in this document about anything you might have not known how to deal with.
Also know, if something changes in your financial situation, you can (and should!) file an updated Case Information Statement! This way, a court always has the most accurate picture of your financial situation.