Initial Case Management Conferences

Minneapolis & St. Paul Divorce Lawyer | ICMC Attorney

When going through the divorce, you will hear the term “initial case management conference,” or ICMC. This is the first step after the divorce case has been filed with the court and involves meeting with a judicial officer assigned to the case to discuss the resources that are available for resolving the case without having to proceed to litigation. There are no arguments or decisions made at the ICMC. It is very casual, as there is no court reporter unless you want to formalize the conference for the record. John Burns is a Minneapolis & St. Paul divorce lawyer who is very knowledgeable in ICMC and can help you.

John Burns helped create the ICMC program in Dakota County and lectures in continuing education courses. His ingenuity in the program and contribution to the process in Minnesota shows that you have the right attorney in your corner on this matter and in anything dealing with family law.

Extensive Knowledge In ICMCs

All courts in Minnesota have turned to the ICMC. When a divorce case is entered into the court, the judge uses the ICMC to send the case to a mediator. Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is preferred because it can keep the matter out of court due to the parties finding common ground on the issues.

The ICMC is not like a regular court date. The parties exchange what are called ICMC Data Sheets so the judge has a snapshot of the case. The information is basic in that it gives the judge an idea of the ages of children, whether anyone receives public assistance and a look at debts and assets. These sheets do not become a part of the court file. The only purpose for these sheets is to give the judge enough information to point you in the direction of the right program to settle the case.

The judge will also discuss how the issues are resolved through the court system and through Early Case Management. The judge may ask if the parties agree on anything. Those agreements are entered in the court file.

For the issues where there is disagreement, the judge will opt for a form of mediation. Early Neutral Evaluation (ENE) is that form of mediation so that you and your spouse can meet with an evaluator and work on reaching an agreement. There are two types of ENE. They are Social Early Neutral Evaluation (SENE) and Financial Early Neutral Evaluation (FENE).

Guidance You Can Depend On

There are many steps that must be taken throughout the divorce process, but a Minneapolis & St. Paul divorce lawyer like Mr. Burns who has been instrumental in the institution of ICMCs can ensure the steps are taken properly and in the smoothest way possible. Divorce is stressful, the Burns Law Office takes care of the legwork and educates you throughout the entire process.

Contact A Minneapolis & St. Paul Divorce Lawyer

John Burns helped develop the ICMC program in Dakota County and lectures other attorneys on the process, which shows the extensive experience he has with this process. If you are facing divorce, the Burns Law Office possesses the experience and compassion that you need through this very difficult time. To learn more about how we can help you, call us at 952-898-6834 to request a free consultation.



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