In Arizona family Court cases, after the initial petition is served and a response filed, often within sixty (60) days the Court will schedule the first hearing, which may be called a Resolution Management Conference.
Prior to attending a Resolution Management Conference there are certain things one should know- that being that at this Conference the Court may try and accomplish a number of things. As a non-exhaustive list of such things are as follows:
- Enter binding agreements on the record in accordance with Rule 69 ARFLP;
- Determine the positions of the parties on the disputed issues and explore reasonable solutions to facilitate settlement of the issues;
- Enter temporary orders in accordance with the stipulations of the parties or, if agreed to by the parties, based upon discussions, avowals, and arguments presented without an evidentiary hearing on the contested issues;
- Order evaluations, assessments, appraisals, testing, appointments, or other special procedures needed to properly manage the case and resolve disputed issues;
- Schedule an evidentiary hearing, a trial date and any other necessary hearings or conference;
- Resolve any discovery and disclosure schedules and disputes and adopt any agreements of the parties regarding discovery and disclosure;
- Eliminate non-meritorious claims or defenses;
- Permit the amendment of pleadings;
- Assist in identifying those issues of fact and law that are still at issue;
- Refer a matter for settlement conference;
- Order of other alternative dispute resolution (“ADR”) processes;
- Set a date for filing the joint pretrial statement; and
- Impose time limits on trial proceedings or portions thereof, and issue orders regarding management of documents, exhibits, and testimony.