The question often arises as to “what is a Preliminary Conference?” This is a question that should always be addresses with your attorney, as should any question you may have regarding your legal representation in a specific matter for which the attorney has been retained by you.
With that being said, during matrimonial litigation, a preliminary conference is generally used to provide early court intervention to hopefully prevent expensive and time-consuming litigation, such as “motion practice”, a term your attorney will explain to you. If the parties have not resolved their differences, an exchange of pertinent information (“discovery”) will be scheduled.
The Court schedules the conference within 45 days of it being assigned and is accomplished through the filing of a Request for Judicial Intervention which is done by the attorney.
It is also necessary for the parties to exchange an outline of financial information as it relates specifically to the parties. This is called a “Statement of Net Worth”. While this document may be long and tedious, it is necessary and is to be exchange between the parties no later than 10 days prior to the conference and also provided to the Court.
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