The Divorce Case Management Conference
- October 9, 2013
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The process and procedures involved in a divorce can become quite complicated, an important component of a divorce case is the case management conference. A case management conference is held after the divorce complaint has been filed by the plaintiff with the court and the defendant has submitted a response. After these initial pleadings have been filed, the court will schedule a case management conference. The purpose of a case management conference is to bring the parties together in court to discuss the initial issues that are involved in the divorce process. During the conference, the parties will discuss the items that will be requested during the discovery process and to implement a discovery schedule. During the discovery process, the parties provide each other’s attorneys with information regarding marital assets, property, debts, and income. This information will provide the court and the attorneys with the information necessary to determine the equitable distribution of such property and assets. In addition, at the conclusion of the case management conference the court will render a case management order which will set forth the discovery schedule and will include which, if any, experts may be required and when their evaluations, valuations, appraisals, and other important documentation will be due to the parties’ attorneys. In New Jersey, most judges will require that the parties attend the case management conference and contribute to the preparation of the case management order. Further, the court will most likely order that the parties engage in parenting mediation and other measures to provide the parties with an opportunity to settle or resolve many of the impending issues that will surface in the impending divorce proceedings. Ultimately, the case management conference is an important first step in the divorce process that will attempt to set the path for the process and help the parties by providing the resources necessary to resolve as many of the property, child custody, child support, parenting time, and other issues as efficiently and quickly as possible. If you are considering a divorce or civil union dissolution it is critical that you have experienced legal counsel at your side to guide you through the legal process. For more information on Divorce, Custody & Visitation, Child Support, Alimony/Spousal Support, Mediation, Dissolution, Parenting Time or other Family Law matters in New Jersey visit NJCivilUnionLaw.com and HeatherDarlingLawyer.com. This blog is for informational purposes and in no way intended to replace the advice of an attorney.