Redwood City Divorce Attorney Discusses Common Forms and Hearings You May Encounter in your Family Law Case
Anybody who is involved in a family law case has probably thought to themselves “what a lot of paperwork!” Family law cases, whether they are divorce, paternity, support or other actions, involve lots of forms, requiring personal information, and frequently, multiple court appearances. In this edition of the blog, you will learn about the common forms you may fill out and hearings you may attend.
Income and Expense Declaration
This form is probably the one most frequently filled out in any case involving money. Parties have to fill it out every time support or attorney fees are at issue. This four page form involves two pages of income information, including source of employment, salary or wages earned, other sources of income, including spousal support, interest income, and any self employment income. The next section involves total assets and net worth of a party. Page 3 is all about expenses: rent or mortgage, groceries, gasoline, insurance, education and entertainment, among other things. Page 4 is exclusively for cases where child support is involved. The last two months worth of paystubs must be attached to an Income and Expense Declaration.
Case Management Conference Statement and Hearing
Nearly all Santa Clara county cases will encounter a Case Management Conference at some point. Parties must complete, file and serve the Case Management Conference statement ten days before the hearing. A Case Management Conference is an opportunity for the court to check in with the parties to see how the case is progressing, and if there is a role for the court to play in resolving administrative problems, such as scheduling, exchange of documents, or trial setting.
Schedule of Assets and Debts
This form is typically only used in dissolutions and legal separations, where division of assets is an issue. Parentage actions do not involve property, so assets and debts are not relevant except as they relate to income. The Schedule of Assets and Debts is a 4 page form, but this form is not filed with the court. This form requires extensive supporting documents including bank statements showing the balance of accounts, car titles, credit card and 401k statements, and any other documents that show values and balances of assets or debts.
As a party to a family law action, you probably have encountered these forms, these hearings, and others. You may have questions about the forms, or about other aspects of your case. Our team of experienced, talented attorneys here at Sagaria Law can help answer these questions. You are welcome to arrange a free consultation with any of our attorneys, at any of our offices: Sacramento, Fremont, San Jose, Redwood City, Monterey and Salinas. These consultations can be either via phone or in person, and last thirty minutes. Call today to schedule your free consultation at 1-800-941-6730 or visit www.sagarialaw.com.