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Family Law - Family Centered Case Resolution Process Information
Note: The information in this document is not legal advice. It is intended to provide general information, primarily for the self-represented litigant on what to expect at a Status Conference.
As of January 1, 2013, all California family courts are governed by the "family centered case resolution" process. This case management process is aimed at early settlement, quicker trial dates, reduced expense of litigation, and better assistance to families. Your case will be managed through one or more Status Conferences at which the parties, attorneys and a judicial officer will discuss a "case resolution plan".
In Butte County, all (Dissolutions, legal separation, nullity, parentage and grandparent) cases filed after January 1, 2013 are set for a Status Conference within 180 days of filing of the petition. The "Notice" of the date of the first Status conference is provided on the Petition, which must be served along with the Summons. Additional Status Conferences will be set by the Court as needed or if requested by a party. Additional information can be found in the Family Code 2450, 2451, California Rule of Court 5.83 , and the Butte County Superior Court Local Rules.
Each party's attorney or self-represented litigant must attend the initial, and any subsequent Status Conferences in person, unless the Court orders otherwise. Failure to attend a scheduled Status Conference without leave of Court may subject the case to dismissal.
Both attorneys and self-represented litigants must be familiar with the case and be prepared to discuss the party's positions on all issues as well as potential stipulations on required legal procedures. The case management plan will become a written order signed by the judicial officer.
An initial Status conference is a meeting of the parties and the attorneys with a judicial officer for the purpose of reviewing the case's progress towards disposition in a timely and effective manner in accordance with the milestones, disposition standards set forth in California Rule of Court 5.83 . The judicial officer may take action including but not limited to setting additional status conferences, setting a family-centered case resolution conference, or scheduling the case for further review.
Parties or Counsel must inform the Court of the following:
The Court may:
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