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In many Florida divorce cases a party will have to attend a case management
conference. A case management conference can be requested by the judge
or it can be procedural and scheduled at the time a
divorce is filed. Typically the conference is held 60 to 90 days after the
divorce is filed and is a measure for the court to ensure the case is properly
A family law case management conference is not an adversarial hearing and
it is not a forum for the parties' divorce attorneys to advocate their
position. Rather, the conference is an opportunity for the court to ensure
that the case is progressing and that both parties have complied with
the procedural requirements. The procedural requirements include the parties
exchanging the necessary discovery, complying with the court's orders,
and often times scheduling
In the event the parties to a divorce have not complied with their procedural
obligations, the judge will issue an order directing each party to comply
with their outstanding obligations within a certain timeframe. Additionally,
during the case management conference the judge will inquire as to the
issues of the divorce. Each party will have an opportunity to address
the court and advise the judge of the case issues, which may include the
division of equitable distribution,
child support, and
alimony. At the conclusion of the case management conference the court will issue
an order for the case to move forward by either ordering another case
management conference, ordering the parties to go to mediation, or scheduling
the case for trial.
It is important for each party and their Tampa family law attorney to be
prepared for the case management conference in order to present the status
of the case and ensure the procedural requirements have been met. One
suggestion for a successful outcome is to hold a pre-conference meeting with your
divorce attorney and become informed on what to expect at the case management conference.
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