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Divorce and Case Management Conferences - What Are They

Dec 1, 2015 @ 11:31 AM — by Michael Green

In divorce, the court will schedule case management conferences at various times.  There is generally a first case management conference after several months after the filing of a complaint for divorce and an answer has been filed with the Court.  At the CMC, the Court will schedule out the events of the case that are to take place, such as the discovery in a case, when parties are to exchange documents in order to try and settle the case.  Parties have to determine through discovery what their assets, debts and liabilities are and how they will be distributed.  It is hoped that after discovery the parties have an opportunity to settle the case.  If not, Early Settlement Panel is scheduled for the parties to attend where they appear in front a panel that recommends a settlement between the parties.  Their recommendation is confidential and not enforceable but it is an attempt to get the parties closer to settlement.  Subsequent to ESP, the parties are court ordered to economic mediation where a mediator that is paid by the parties also tries to settle the case.  Thereafter, an intensive settlement conference with the Judge is generally scheduled and if the parties still do not settle, a trial date is schedule.  All of these dates may be part of case management by the Court. 

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