The Preliminary Conference in an
action for divorce pending in the State of New York is generally the first court conference
held in a contested action for divorce. The conference takes place at
the courthouse before the Judge assigned to the case and is usually held
within 45 days of the Judge being assigned to the case. A Judge is assigned
to a divorce action in New York State after a party files a Request for
Judicial Intervention also known as an RJI.
Each party will exchange and file with the Court Statements of Net Worth
prior to the Preliminary Conference or at the Preliminary Conference.
In a contested divorce action in New York, the Statement of Net Worth
is a very important form that provides details about a person’s
financial circumstances such as monthly expenses, income, assets and liabilities.
Both parties to a divorce action in New York must be present at the Preliminary
Conference unless the Judge assigned to the case excuses the parties’ presence.
The main purpose of this initial Court Conference is to simplify the divorce
action and make certain that it proceeds in a speedy and orderly manner.
The issues to be discussed at the Preliminary Conference may involve the
- Any request by either party for temporary relief including temporary spousal
support, temporary child support, exclusive use of the marital residence
and interim counsel fees;
- Simplification of the issues involved in a case;
- Establishment of a timetable for the completion of financial discovery;
- The need for the Court to appoint an attorney to represent the children
of the marriage in cases where Child Custody or Visitation is in dispute.
At the close of the Preliminary Conference, the Court will direct the parties
to stipulate in writing as to all of the issues that have been resolved
which the Judge will then sign making the agreement of the parties a Court
Order which is binding on the parties.
If you find yourself having to appear in Court for a Preliminary Conference
in a Long Island Divorce, it is important to have competent and experienced
legal representation at the Preliminary Conference to make certain that
your rights are protected and to make certain that your case does not
take longer to resolve than necessary.
If the Divorce Action is in Nassau County, the Preliminary Conference will
be held at the Courthouse located at 400 County Seat Drive, Mineola, New
If the Divorce Action is in Suffolk County, the Preliminary Conference
will be held at the Courthouse located at 400 Carleton Avenue, Central
Islip, New York 11722.
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