The plaintiff has filed a request for conciliation. The explanation on the judicial website makes it seem like it can be either to try and reconcile or to amicably resolve disputes and to try to solve emotional issues. I was wondering can that request be filed without intent to reconcile and instead to just work better on getting along and solving disputes?
Actually, not well known, but there are two sections of 46b-53 - one is for reconciliation to attempt to save the marriage. The other one, conciliation, is to address emotional emotional problems that may continue to cause conflict after the dissolution. I’ve used that section twice now. Whether it is successful is entirely dependent on the parties.
While this statute is usually used for reconciliation (and so it usually puts things on hold) the only mandatory stay in the proceedings happens is if one party refuses to participate.
I do not recommend filing a request for conciliation if you merely need time workout ongoing disputes. A request for conciliation puts the case on hold. You have to meet with a conciliator and the case is on hold for 3 months. If either of you fails to go to a conciliator, and there is no good reason why you did not go, the case is on hold for 6 months. Or, you can withdraw, and refile with just the regular 90 day waiting period.
A better course of action in your case would be to file a continuance for purposes of mediation or to seek co-parenting counseling etc. You can explain to the court that you both wish to enter an uncontested agreement, however you need more time to do so. Depending on how long your case has been pending, the court will generally always encourage amicable settlement over a trial.
Please refer to the answer to your other post. There is no need to post the question more than one time.
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Good answers here. I'd just add that I have had an experience where the presiding judge determined to aggressively manage the case after the conciliation failed. Make the most out of the time, but remember that moving the case along is one of the court's responsibilities.
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