Early Resolution Conference: Frequently Asked Questions
What is an Early Resolution Conference (ERC)?
An Early Resolution Conference (ERC) is a conference held between a Family Law Case Manager and both parties involved in a pending Family Court case (divorce, paternity, legal decision making, etc). The conference is held to assist parties in reaching agreements regarding all issues in controversy. If there are agreements between the parties, the Family Law Case Manager will assist in preparing the paperwork that outlines those agreements. If all issues are resolved, final orders will be entered that day and your case will be concluded. You should plan on being at the ERC for 2-3 hours.
How does my case get scheduled for an Early Resolution Conference (ERC)?
An ERC is scheduled by the Court, typically following the filing of a response/answer to the initial complaint. It can also be referred by the Judge or people can request an ERC and if the case meets the criteria, the ERC can be scheduled Request for Early Resolution Conference. Normally an ERC is scheduled if the parties are representing themselves and no attorneys are involved in the case.
What do I need to do to prepare for an ERC?
In order to be prepared for your ERC you will need to complete the Resolution Statement that was attached to your Order to Appear. Once you have completed your Resolution Statement you will need to forward a copy to the other party in the case and to the Family Law Case Manager prior to your ERC appointment. If Child Support or Spousal Support is at issue in the case, then both parties will need to file an Affidavit of Financial Information (AFI).
Additionally, if there is no Order of Protection in effect between the two parties, they should meet prior to the ERC appointment to discuss any possible settlements and be prepared to discuss those options at the ERC.
All ERC’s are conducted virtually with the Microsoft Teams application. For the conference, you should be in a quiet place with no distractions, where you can focus on the discussion of issues in your case. If you are unable to participate virtually, there is a phone number to call in the information sent by the FLCM. If you have any problems, please contact the ERC program at 602-506-1880.
What if I am unable to appear on the date in the Order to Appear?
Any party may request a continuance no less than 2 weeks in advance of the scheduled conference; if prior plans have been made (i.e., jury duty, pre-planned travel, etc.)you can request one by submitting the Request to Reschedule form. You must submit with supporting documentation OR signature of both parties. Emergencies can occur; emergencies may include hospitalization, severe illness or death in the family. There is a number on the Order to Appear you can call in addition to submitting your request.
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