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What is a Case Conference?

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What is a Case Conference?

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How to Prepare for a Case Conference in Family Court

 

What is a Case Conference?

  Divorce can be messy and complicated. With the lawyers’ help, we will assist you in understanding the process better and to negotiate in good faith, which would be fair for both parties. The case conference aims to explore the chances of settling the case and to find mutually acceptable resolutions for both parties. A case conference is not the same as a trial or a motion; instead, it is more like mediation where the judge helps to resolve the dispute. As this is frequently your first meeting with the judge, being well-prepared and having a well-reasoned case conference brief is essential. Typically, the judge aims to assist in resolving the issues stemming from your divorce or separation by offering their perspective on who is displaying greater reasonableness.

What do you need to prepare for a Case Conference?

  1. Form 17A: Case Conference Brief which entails the information about your family and claims against the other party, such as child support, spousal support and extraordinary expenses. List the issues that have been resolved and ongoing. 2. Updated Financial Disclosure which includes but is not limited to Notice of Assessment, Bank statements of all of your accounts, loan statements, and other living expenses. 3. Set the Case Conference Date Each of the parties should complete a Form 17F: Confirmation of Conference. Specify the duration required for the conference, outline the particular topics for discussion, and list the documents for the judge’s review. Share a copy of the form with your partner before submitting it to the court. Case conferences can be confusing and complicated. It is to your advantage to consult with an experienced lawyer about the matter. For further information, you can contact us by phone at 416-409-5991 or by email at info@ajlawpartners.ca. 4. Prepare for your case conference – Steps to Justice Case conferences – Ontario Court of Justice (ontariocourts.ca)