In a Minnesota divorce, custody or family law case, the Notice of Initial Case Management Conference is typically the second document you receive from the Court. Generally, this notice from the court comes after the Notice of Case Filing and the Notice of Case Assignment. However, sometimes you may receive all three of these court notices at the same time.
The Notice of Initial Case Management Conference will inform you of the date, time, and location of the Initial Case Management Conference, known as the ICMC. In most cases, the ICMC is the first time you’ll need to appear in Court for your divorce, custody or family law case. The Notice may also briefly explain what the ICMC process is, and will inform you that you’ll need to complete a document titled, the ICMC Data Sheet. Typically, the ICMC data sheet must be filed with the court and the other party 5 business days before the ICMC. However, it’s very important that you know and follow the procedures and policies within your specific county court system.
In addition, the Notice of ICMC may provide a short preview of what you can expect at the ICMC, along with a discussion of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Early Neutral Evaluation (ENE), scheduling, appraisals, and discovery. All of these processes can potentially be a part of your case. Although, typically you need to use more of these processes during a divorce case than a custody case.
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If you’re not familiar with such processes listed above or don’t know how to prepare for them with your best interests in mind, your best course of action is either to hire an family law attorney or try a legal self-help clinic. Regardless of whether you’re represented or not, the Judge will expect you to be prepared to discuss these processes and issues. In fact, judges are especially pleased when the parties have worked together and reached agreements on these processes and issues before talking to the Judge at the ICMC.
Lastly, if you have an attorney s/he may be sent the Notice of ICMC from the court, but s/he should give you a copy. In addition, you should keep a copy of the Notice of ICMC for your personal records.
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