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Old 09-05-2014, 11:33 AM
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I have my Disclosure meeting occurring shortly, and I have just been told that my STBX is bringing counsel. Couple of questions.

1. I have not received a Notice of Change in Representation, Can I assume that this is forth coming ?

2. I was told that I will mostly listen during the disclosure meeting, and be allowed to take notes and that nothing will be resolved in the meeting itself. Also I was told that no written copy of disclosure will be provided. Does this sound correct ?

3. I have been self rep'ed for sometime and have had reasonable success winning most of my temporary orders so far. Should I bring counsel to the disclosure meeting ?


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I would bring a digital recorder discretely in addition to making your own notes. I don't believe anything is gained by bringing your lawyer... what are they going to do other than sit there and listen to the report as well?
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I would bring a digital recorder discretely in addition to making your own notes. I don't believe anything is gained by bringing your lawyer... what are they going to do other than sit there and listen to the report as well?
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My below comments assume this is an OCL disclosure meeting.

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1. I have not received a Notice of Change in Representation, Can I assume that this is forth coming ?
Not necessarily. They may only be assisting her with the conference and following negotiations. But maybe.

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2. I was told that I will mostly listen during the disclosure meeting, and be allowed to take notes and that nothing will be resolved in the meeting itself.
That is terribly useless and a damned shame besides. Most OCL/counsel will ask for a short break after the disclosure part (take a breath and absorb), then get down into four way / five way negotiations in the hope of resolving the parenting issues.

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I was told that no written copy of disclosure will be provided
It can be, depending on the circumstances. Not every OCL prepares a report. If a report is prepared it is done after the disclosure meeting as the OCL hopes for a settlement, thus saving their time.

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Should I bring counsel to the disclosure meeting ?
If you feel it would make you more confident or help with negotiations, yes. Or if you are prone to stress / don't take good notes, since the OCL's position is important and indicates how they would argue at a trial.
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My below comments assume this is an OCL disclosure meeting.



Not necessarily. They may only be assisting her with the conference and following negotiations. But maybe.



That is terribly useless and a damned shame besides. Most OCL/counsel will ask for a short break after the disclosure part (take a breath and absorb), then get down into four way / five way negotiations in the hope of resolving the parenting issues.



It can be, depending on the circumstances. Not every OCL prepares a report. If a report is prepared it is done after the disclosure meeting as the OCL hopes for a settlement, thus saving their time.



If you feel it would make you more confident or help with negotiations, yes. Or if you are prone to stress / don't take good notes, since the OCL's position is important and indicates how they would argue at a trial.

OL - a most excellent reply, thank you. Site admin, can we make this sticky for others to benefit from please ?
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