What is a mandatory settlement conference? If you are going through a divorce or deciding whether to file for divorce, it is important to understand the basic terminology involved in a divorce proceedings. Divorce proceedings can appear quite complex if you do not understand the typical jargon used. For instance, during the divorce process toward the end of the process you will need to arrange for a meeting time with the other party. This meeting with the other party is known as a mandatory settlement conference.
Many of you may ask, What is a mandatory settlement conference? The mandatory settlement conference provides an opportunity for both parties to meet with one another before their divorce matter is heard in court. The meeting will be between you and the other party, along with any legal counsel they have hired. The goal of the Mandatory settlement conference, also known as an “MSC”, is to attempt to reach an agreement regarding the pertinent issues in your case.
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More specifically, before the mandatory settlement conference occurs both parties are required to prepare what is known as a “brief”. The brief will include information regarding pertinent facts of your case, as well as the stance you are taking on the matter. Next, the attorneys for both parties will sit down at the mandatory settlement conference and discuss the issues of the case in an attempt to find a resolution. In some instances the judge will intervene and have the parties meet in their chambers to try and work out an agreement. Moreover, all issues may not be resolved, but it is worth an attempt at working out some of the issues during this meeting.
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