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Settlement Statement vs Settlement Conference?

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How is the Settlement Statement defer from what is presented in the Settlement Conference? Statement i see does not detail current facts & figures. Divorce filed over 18 months ago.

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Settlement statement attempts to condense your case into one document so the parties, judge and/or mediator know the issues that need to be resolved in your case. At the settlement conference the parties, judge and/or mediator will look to the statement, along with pleadings and other relevant paperwork, and attempt to settle the remaining issues in your divorce. If the issues are not resolved, the case is set for trial. The settlement statement and conference are mandatory.

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Go to the Sonoma Court website and read the local rules which apply to Settlement Conferences; in particular, Rule 9.21 and 9.23.C. If you also have an outstanding custody issue, then Rule 9.22 may apply.

Assuming your settlement conference issues is for issues other than only custody, you will see that the Settlement Conference Statement is made via a local form (form FL-002), which can also be downloaded from the court's website.

You can read the rules at this link:


A Settlement statement is not a judgment and it is usually a briefed version of the issues presented so that parties can use this to try and come to an agreement, or if trial is needed, then it can be used by a judge for review of the issues. The Settlement conference is where the parties discuss the issues and try to come up with an agreement. The statement is usually a condensed version of the issues discussed at the conference.

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