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A status conference is an opportunity for the court to obtain an update on your case, inquire if there are any issues that need to be addressed and to determine the next steps. If you have an attorney, only the attorney will need to be present unless you are instructed otherwise. Status conferences often take place remotely, through the Teams platform. Occasionally, they take place in court. The notice from the court will specify how the judge wants to conduct the status conference.

These proceedings are normally brief in duration. The court will check on the status of production. Does either party need to request documents? Does either party need to provide documents? Will there be depositions scheduled? If the parties or attorneys note any difficulties with production, the judge will likely address it by assigning a due date or scheduling a hearing. The court will then ask if there are any outstanding motions that need to be addressed. If so, the judge may discuss and attempt to resolve the issues or may schedule it for resolution. The court may ask additional questions to determine what assistance may be needed with regard to establishing a parenting plan agreement, if there are children, and with
regard to reaching a financial settlement. Further court intervention and dates may be provided.

The overall goal is to keep your case moving forward in a timely fashion. These check-ins are helpful in that regard, especially if you have a spouse or attorney who is not proactive. Experienced judges assist greatly by spotting and addressing
issues expeditiously.

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