The Early Settlement Panel takes place after discovery in the divorce case and it is where the parties meet with a panel of generally two attorneys that will tell the parties what they believe generally a court would likely do with their case if it went to trial. It is an effort by the courts for the parties to have the opportunity to meet with two independent attorneys tell them what they think their divorce case would settle for as to child support, alimony, and equitable distribution of marital assets for debt, including the marital residence. Often alimony is dealt with as the issue that is discretionary and the parties are having the hardest time with. Generally, child custody and parenting time issues are not dealt with at this time as the parties have already gone to custody and parenting time mediation regarding that issue and if they can't settle it, it will be tried by the court. If the parties cannot settle at ESP, generally, they are court ordered to economic mediation where they will have to pay an attorney to mediate their economic issues. Michael S. Green, our NJ divorce lawyer and NJ divorce attorney can help you with your case prior to early settlement panel, call us now at 732-390-0480 or 201-242-1119 for a free consultation regarding your divorce. Ask us about our flat fees for uncontested divorce services.
Feb 16, 2016 @ 02:05 PM — by Michael Green