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What does it mean if there’s a conference scheduled?

October 3, 2017

When someone files for a divorce, an Order and Notice of a Scheduling Conference/Hearing is issued by the court, alerting both parties that they need to attend the conference. This conference is going to go over many details of the pending divorce and give both sides an opportunity to lay out the facts of the upcoming divorce.

What does it mean when a conference is scheduled?

As mentioned before, the conference is scheduled after someone files for divorce. It’s going to be a meeting of the minds of both parties and a way for attorneys to outline the goals of their clients and the ultimate outcome as far as they are concerned. Naturally, there may be some real disagreement.

The primary goal of both parties during any conference is going to be to reach an interim agreement on the important issues that follow any divorce. These issues include alimony payments, child support, and division of assets. In addition other more personal and specific issues may be addressed by the parties at the time of a conference.

Preparing for one of these conferences can be a stressful experience and that’s understandable. Divorce is never an easy issue to address. It’s not only a legal drama for both parties but an extremely painful emotional issue as well. After all, no one gets married and plans to get divorced later on, even if all the signs are there that the marriage is not working out. In this day and age, divorce is a reality and a conference is going to create some stress on both sides.

It doesn’t have to be more stressful than it has to be though. Attorneys on both sides can set some rules for the deliberations and help put clients at ease during what is a very stressful situation for them. It’s not easy to sit across the table from someone you have spent years of your life with. It’s difficult to make the decision to file for divorce in the first place. The conference that follows is the first true stress test of the divorce proceedings. Lawyers will take meticulous notes and do their best to reach agreement whenever they can.

Your court facilitator can help you to address any areas of contention between you and your spouse. This is enormously helpful to have advice and counsel from someone who knows the process very well and can truly help you understand what it is you are facing during your divorce proceedings. Remember that your conference isn’t a hearing, so nothing is going to be immediately resolved in a conference. What is going to be addressed is the pressing issues that are facing both spouses in the divorce and it will pinpoint the areas where mediation or compromise will be a necessary part of resolving things. Both attorneys can get a good idea of what they’re facing and just how much disagreement rests on both sides. In ideal scenarios, both spouses agree on division of property, alimony, and child custody. These ideal scenarios rarely happen and sometimes heavy mediation is needed to get the issues resolved. That’s okay. The conference is designed to let both spouses reach as much agreement as they can before moving onto further litigation on issues that they disagree with strongly. The conference is a chance to let your voice be heard.

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