What kind of questions are asked / what to prepare for in a case management conference?
Never married to sons father- state of Maine- I filed a Parental Rights and Responsibilities motion to determine a better custody/visitation schedule for my son and a case management conference was scheduled. What types of questions are typically asked in these and what kind of documents should I prepare to bring?
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A case management conference is the first court court appearance for all cases involving minor children. It is a brief conference with the magistrate to review the file, answer questions, address any urgent issues, make sure everyone has filed the documents they are required to file, and schedule the parties for mediation. Mediation is mandatory in all cases involving minor children (with a few exceptions). You will be mailed a pretrial/status conference order (which may require the parties to file additional documents, especially financial documents related to the child support affidavit) and a scheduling order for mediation. The magistrate manages your case until your and your former partner reach an agreement or until the case is scheduled for trial. If you haven't filed your 2017 W-2(s) or 1099(s) or your most recent paystubs(s) with the court you should being copies with you to give to the magistrate to be filed.
A Case Management Conference is a short, informal conference at which you will go before a Family Law Magistrate to introduce your case to the Court. Both parties and, if applicable, their Counsel need to appear. At the Conference, you will discuss any arrangements you and your ex have made regarding the child(ren) as well as the issues that there is not an agreement about. After the Conference, the Magistrate will issue an Order continuing any agreements put before the Court, noting the outstanding issues that still need to be addressed, and an outline of how the case will proceed.
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