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Old 05-25-2017, 11:21 AM
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Originally Posted by OrleansLawyer View Post
The current system was created to do this. Everyone attends a case conference to ensure disclosure is exchanged in a timely fashion, after which a judge conducts a settlement conference to attempt to settle the case. Only then can they go to trial.
My case was relatively simply and I had one case conference and one settlement conference. I ended up self-repping and consulting with a lawyer to understand what was required to prepare for the conferences. It cost my only $3,000. My ex has a lawyer so probably paid 3x what I did. The whole process took about 8 months.

For the time and money involved it was a scam, IMHO. It could have been dealt with by some sort of alternative dispute mechanism in a few hours, plus financial disclosure.

If either of us were not happy with the result, we should have the right to go to court but that should be the 2nd step, not the first.
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