What Happens at Your First Court Date?
Your First Court Date in Divorce Cases: Case Management/Status Conferences
The purpose of a case management or status conference is to prevent delay in the disposition of the case and to monitor compliance with court rules. An initial date is set by the Clerk of the Court upon a case being filed under the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act or the Illinois Parentage Act, and usually occurs approximately ninety (90) days after the date of commencement of the case. At the date, the parties, or their attorneys of record if represented, appear before the Court and report the progress of the case to the Court, including: whether the parties have complied with the parenting education program requirements; whether the parties have reached agreement on allocation of parental responsibilities; whether mediation scheduling is in order; and whether the parties have exchanged financial affidavits. Additional dates are set after the initial date, as may be required.