Every field has its jargon. In family court and in your lawyer’s office you may hear the following: CIS, ESP, ISC, MSA, and JOD, to name just a few. Let’s give you the definitions:

CIS – stands for Case Information Statement. It is a form required by the court. It requests of you some general information such as name, addresses of you and any children, name and address of employer, name and type of medical insurance coverage, etc. It also asks financial information such as the amount of your monthly and yearly income. It asks you to attach your last tax return as well as three most recent paystubs. It asks for your monthly expenses. The monthly expenses are broken down into Schedules A, B and C. Schedule A covers shelter, Schedule B covers transportation, and Schedule C covers personal expenses. This form also asks you to list all of your assets and debt.

ESP – stands for Early Settlement Panel. If you are unable to settle your case the court will require that you attend an Early Settlement Panel at which time two volunteer attorneys will make a recommendation as to how they think you should settle your case. Sometimes it is helpful for both sides to hear from independent counsel.

ISC – stands for Intensive Settlement Conference. Before a trial, your judge may mandate that you attend an Intensive Settlement Conference at which time the judge will expect you to attempt to settle your case. You will be reporting directly to a judge who will want to know about the progress of your settlement attempts with your adversary while you remain in the courthouse.

MSA – stands for Marital Settlement Agreement. If you are able to settle all of your differences with your adversary, you may enter into what is called a written Marital Settlement Agreement. This Agreement is a legally binding contract and becomes incorporated into your Judgment of Divorce.

JOD – stands for Judgment of Divorce. That is the legal document/order from the court which dissolves your marriage.

For more information about these and anything else related to your separation or divorce, do not hesitate to contact one of the attorneys at Iandoli & Edens at (908) 879-9499, http://www.iandoliedens.com.

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