What is the Early Settlement Panel program?
When a couple goes to court to get a divorce, they may be instructed to participate in an Early Settlement Panel. If the court feels as though the couple can sit down and use methods of alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation, to resolve some of their issues. When a couple can successfully work through some of the issues that must be addressed during their divorce in an Early Settlement Panel, it can expedite the divorce process tremendously. It is important to note that if the court believes this option is best for you, you and your spouse must both be able to sit down and communicate successfully about these sometimes difficult matters. The process doesn’t work if neither party is willing to put aside their emotions and differences to cooperate for the common good.
What can be resolved in an Early Settlement Panel?
When a couple who is getting a divorce goes to an early settlement panel, they may be able to take care of a few contested matters. The more a couple can resolve on their own, the less the court has to do, which can allow the divorce to take less time. Some of the issues that can be resolved include:
- Child custody
- Child support
- Spousal support
- Division of Assets
If you have questions about an Early Settlement Panel, contact an experienced divorce attorney who can provide you with assistance.
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