In most cases, six months after the initial filing of the divorce action, the court at the request of either one or both of the parties will schedule the case for a pretrial conference. Pretrial conferences are used by the court to review the case and narrow the issues for trial. At the pretrial conference all parties are required to file with the court a pretrial memorandum. The pretrial memorandum details each party’s respective position relative to all outstanding issues between the parties.
In most instances the parties and the court will utilize the pretrial conference as a sort of settlement conference to work with the parties to resolve their differences. If after the meeting, the parties are still unable to resolve their differences the case will be scheduled for trial.