Purpose of Confidential Litigant Information Sheet in New Jersey
The Confidential Litigant Information Sheet Provides the Court with Spouses’ Important Personal Information
If you are going through the divorce process or thinking about filing for divorce in New Jersey, there are several forms that you will need to file with the court. One of those forms is the Confidential Litigant Information Sheet. In this article, we will discuss the purpose of the Confidential Litigant Information Sheet in your New Jersey divorce, when this form is necessary, what information you must provide, and how to seek the assistance of a New Jersey divorce attorney when completing and filing this form and other documents.
Information Included in the Confidential Litigant Information Sheet
The Confidential Litigant Information Sheet is a form that collects sensitive, personal information from each spouse that is a party to a New Jersey divorce proceeding. This information includes your name; social security number; address; whether there is an active domestic violence order in your case; professional and occupational licenses; employer’s name; employer’s address; driver’s license number; make, model, and year of vehicle; vehicle license plate number; attorney name, address, and contact information; name, date of birth, race, and sex of each child; health care coverage information for each child; mother’s maiden name, and your sex, race, height, weight, sex, hair color, and eye color.
When Should a Confidential Litigant Information Sheet Be Filed?
In any New Jersey divorce proceeding in which one party is seeking child support or alimony, both the plaintiff and defendant must complete the Confidential Litigant Information Sheet and file it with the court. The plaintiff must file the form with their initial Complaint for Divorce, the document that commences a divorce proceeding with the court. Then, the defendant must complete the Confidential Litigant Information Sheet in their Answer to the Complaint.
The Confidential Litigant Information Sheet is not used unless a child support order is entered against a party to the divorce, and the order must be enforced by the Probation Division. In such an event, the Confidential Litigant Information Sheet will be updated, as needed, and transferred to the Probation Division’s file. The contact information contained in the document may be needed to find the individual against whom the order must be enforced or the individual’s employer in order to garnish their wages, if necessary.
Privacy of the Confidential Litigant Information Sheet
The Confidential Litigant Information Sheet does not become public record. When it is filed with the court, the court is required by law to follow careful procedures to maintain the confidentiality of the information contained in the document.
When the court receives a Confidential Litigant Information Sheet from a plaintiff or defendant, the document is placed in a separate envelope and labeled “confidential.” The envelope is then placed in the case file. The document does not become part of the public record and is not shared with any third parties and unauthorized parties. If and when the Confidential Litigant Information Sheet is forwarded to the Probation Division to enforce a child support order, the document will continue to remain confidential.
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When you are going through a divorce, it’s fair to say that you have a lot on your mind and a lot on your plate. Commencing a divorce proceeding in court is not just an emotional event, but it can be a complicated one too. Not only do you want and need an advocate by your side who can pursue and protect your and your children’s best interests, but you also want the help of a trusted advisor who can navigate the court system for you and ensure that you have all the proper documentation completed properly and filed at the right time.
As you go through this difficult season of life, the security and confidence that comes from being able to ask an experienced and knowledgeable attorney all of your questions about the documents and procedures involved in your case rather than searching for these answers on the internet is invaluable. Our team of seasoned family law attorneys at Bronzino Law Firm is ready to walk alongside you through this stressful and emotional process, ensuring your legal and financial interests are well-represented while alleviating the burden of navigating the system alone.
For a consultation about your divorce case and how to proceed with the filing process, please contact us today. You can reach our office in Brick or Sea Girt at (732) 812-3102. We welcome client inquiries about the divorce process and family law-related issues in Long Branch, Toms River, Asbury Park, Rumson, Wall, Lavallette, and other towns in Ocean and Monmouth Counties.