What Is A Case Management Conference?
Today’s question comes to us from Maria and she wants to know what is a case management conference.
Answering Maria’s question, what is a case management conference or a CMC as we generally refer to it. It is your first hearing that is ordered by the court after the complaint and the answer have been filed with the court. This is an opportunity for the judge to sit down with the parties and the attorneys to see what the status of the case is. Have any agreements, if any, been reached? What is it that the parties are asking for? How can we prepare the case to push the case along?
This is a very short hearing, but it is an important hearing because it sets the tone for your case. For example, if we go to the case management conference and the parties have not reached an agreement, the court will then have to make a decision whether or not to set the matter for a settlement conference or for a trial. Further, if for example, there are issues about who gets sustained the house, the parties cannot get along, again is a very contentious relationship. The court may order temporary orders at this time until we go to trial.
If one of the parties wants to remain in the home and have the other one move out during the dependency of the divorce then the court will order a temporary order for that party to leave the home and the other party to have exclusive possession of the house. Also, other temporary orders might be temporary spousal support or temporary child support while the case is pending and before we get to trial.
Before we go to a CMC hearing, the court would like us to file a financial disclosure form. This is a form that gives the court an overall financial picture of the party’s finances so that it can have this information in order to be able to award those temporary orders for child support, spousal support, and such. The court needs that prior to going to the case management conference.
This is basically what the case management conference is about. As I said, it’s a very short meeting. It gives the court an opportunity to see where we are with the case. It gives the court an opportunity to let us know what we need to do next to move the case along. And it so allows the court to give us temporary orders if such orders are needed for this time. So I hope this has answered your question, Maria. And if you have further questions on this please go to Vegasdivorcemeeting.com and I’ll be happy to talk to you further about this topic.
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