A Case Management Conference (CMC) is required
in almost every divorce and custody case in Nevada. This is a hearing that is
usually scheduled by the Court within 90 days of the complaint being filed. If
you are a party to the divorce proceeding, your attendance at the CMC is
A Case Management Conference is a time when the
judge tries to find out what needs to be done in your case to finalize your
divorce or custody matter. If you have been able to reach agreements about
certain items like support, visitation and holiday schedules, the CMC is the
time to tell the judge your agreements. It is also the time to tell the judge
the items upon which you and the other party cannot agree. Sometimes the Court
will give you guidance on the disputed items to see if you can reach agreements
at the CMC.
The CMC is not the time to argue the merits of
your case. You do not need to bring your witnesses to the CMC. Also, the judge
will not accept or review documents at the CMC so you should leave these
documents at home.
The hearing typically lasts ten to thirty
minutes. Once you have informed the Court of the issues still remaining in the
case, the Court will tell you deadlines for completing discovery, identifying
witnesses and give you a date for trial. The judge may also order the parties
to mediation or a settlement conference to see if the case can be resolved
prior to trial.
Having an attorney present at the CMC is
recommended but not required. It is an attorney’s job to appear in Court and
inform the Court of your position. A well qualified family law attorney will
ensure that trial is scheduled with enough time to complete discovery for your
contested issues. An experienced attorney will also be able to preserve your
rights and make sure that the issues you want heard at trial are noted in the
Court record. If you need help with a divorce or custody case, call our office today at (702) 433-2889 or fill out our on-line form. We can help.