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Old 02-03-2006, 07:21 PM
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I feel your pain. I too was a victim of domestic abuse. The courts only take this into consideration with regards to custody & access. My ex has a bit bull lawyer too. Usually these types of controlling men pick this type of lawyer to continue the abuse using the court system.

You may be eligible for legal aid? Please don't give up. Keep posting and please feel free to e-mail or PM me anytime.

As for your question of a settlement conference here goes:

After the case conference, motions and examinations are completed, a pre-trial conference or "settlement conference" is held. As the name suggests, this conference is designed to encourage the settlement of the case and the judge is actively involved in trying to resolve the dispute.

Once again a special brief must be prepared and it is an informal procedure, usually taking place in a judge’s chambers.

Although the judge cannot force a settlement of the case at this stage a judge may order "costs" if he or she feels the other side is unprepared or unreasonable.