New Jersey Court Rule 5:5-2 requires the filing of a Case Information Statement in all contested family actions in which there is any issue as to custody, support, alimony, or equitable distribution. The Case Information Statement, when properly completed, establishes a roadmap for the financial issues in family matters. The document contains critical information for the determination of these issues as it provides the initial disclosure of the parties’ incomes, expenses, assets, and liabilities.
A well-done Case Information Statement can significantly reduce the amount of discovery required in a family matter. Attorneys practicing in the Family Court in New Jersey must therefore be well-versed in the effective preparation of the Case Information Statement. In this program, Shari Lee Genser and Donald Schumacher of Seiden Family Law, LLC will discuss the basics of Case Information Statement preparation and tips for avoiding missteps with this critical document.
Shari Lee Genser joined Seiden Family Law, LLC in January 2017 and has worked exclusively in the area of family law since her graduation from law school. Shari graduated from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2011 where she was presented with the National Association of Women Lawyers Outstanding Law Student Award. She received her B.A. in Jurisprudence from Montclair State University in 2008 where she graduated magna cum laude and was named an Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholar.
Shari served as judicial law clerk to the Honorable Nancy Sivilli, J.S.C. of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Chancery Division, Family Part, County of Essex from 2011 to 2012. Thereafter, she was awarded funding as an Equal Justice Works Fellow to develop a teen dating violence prevention project at Essex-Newark Legal Services. During her two year fellowship, Shari provided advocacy to victims of domestic violence in all areas of family law and performed extensive community outreach in the area of teen dating violence. At the conclusion of her fellowship, Shari worked as a Staff Attorney in the Family Law Unit of Essex-Newark Legal Services where she continued to serve the community by providing representation in family law matters.
Shari has presented seminars on domestic violence in high school, college, and law school classrooms, as well as various community organizations. Shari has presented for the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education at the Hot Tips in Family Law Seminar in November 2017 on the topic of domestic violence restraining orders, at the Hot Tips in Family Law Seminar in November 2018 on the topic of equitable distribution, and at the 2019 Real Estate Conference on the intersection of family law and real estate transactions.
Shari transitioned from the non-profit sector into private practice in 2015, working for a boutique matrimonial firm in Morristown prior to joining Seiden Family Law, LLC. Since moving into private practice, Shari has continued to serve the community by volunteering with the Women’s Center Legal Clinic at the County College of Morris, Volunteer Lawyers for Justice and Partners for Women and Justice. Shari serves as an Early Settlement Panelist in the Essex County Superior Court of New Jersey. She is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association, Essex County Bar Association, Union County Bar Association, and she is a past member of the Barry I. Croland Family Law American Inns of Court. Shari presently serves on the Young Lawyers Subcommittee of the New Jersey State Bar Association Family Law Section, and she is an active member of both the Young Lawyers Section and the Family Law Committee of the Essex County Bar Association.
Donald Schumacher has over thirteen years of experience as a matrimonial lawyer. He was admitted to practice law in the State of New Jersey in 2001. Donald received his Bachelor of Science from Trenton State College (now known as The College of New Jersey) in 1993. Donald received his Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2001. Donald served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable James B. Convery, P.J.S.C. (retired) of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Chancery Division, Family Part from 2001 to 2002.
Donald’s dedication to the practice of family law originated during law school years when he interned at the Seton Hall Center for Social Justice, Family Law Clinic representing clients in matters of marriage dissolution, child custody and support, and spousal support.
Donald is a Barrister of the Barry I. Croland Inns of Court. He serves as an Early Settlement Panelist in Morris and Essex counties, where he provides guidance to family law practitioners and litigants on family law issues. Donald has been recognized by his peers for his experience and performance in the field of matrimonial law. Donald has experience litigating high net worth cases in several different counties throughout the State of New Jersey.