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.
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There are times during a divorce where the parties and their attorneys may wish to meet outside the context of the Courthouse or outside the court ordered processes such as early settlement panel, economic mediation, case management conferences, intensive settlement conferences and pre-trial conferences. With the right parties, much may be accomplished with a direct meeting between the parties and their counsel. Often in that scenario, the parties are relatively amicable, are seeking to reduce litigation costs and are close to terms but need some ironing out that is better suited to a direct meeting as opposed to the traditional back and forth negotiations between attorneys.