As a divorce attorney in New Jersey, you know this. Financial Affidavits are tricky to fill out. A critical component of the form is monthly expenses (also known as Lifestyle) which plays an important role in spousal support negotiations. Part of the problem is that official form ( New Jersey Family Case Information Statement) only documents expenses for joint family and current party. That leaves out important parameters such as expenses for other party or even separately itemized expenses for each individual party (plaintiff, defendant and children).
Once upon a time, this odd setup required divorce attorneys using New Jersey family law software to create a manual worksheet-separate and apart from the state Financial Affidavit form. It was a pain in the you-know-what. Even CIS—Easy Soft’s raucously popular New Jersey divorce software -used to provide just two columns under costs (Part D): one for joint historical expenditures (for the intact family), and the other for current expenditures (for your client, the filer). But this wasn’t sufficient for spousal support negotiations.
Now, the all-new CIS 2.2 B provides a new option: “Show Individual Historical Expenditure.” Click the checkmark, and your family law software suddenly gives you the capacity to break your clients’ historical expenditures down-by each party. Yes indeed, we’ve added three extra columns in which you can include historical expenditures for the Plaintiff, the Defendant, and the children. Separately.
And voila! Suddenly, you have a baseline that tells the whole picture-for both parties.
You can use the new tool to print a separate lifestyle / historical expenditure report in five separate columns rather than two, and bring it with you during your spousal support negotiations.
You can use the new tool to create exhibits for your court documentation-whether it’s for motion practice and/or trial.
You can use the new tool for setting a more accurate baseline for future modifications in the event of changes to the financial picture of one party.
That’s Easy Soft: improving our divorce settlement software every single minute.
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