This is usually the first hearing in your Court Matter. It is mandatory and must be held within 30 days of the initial filing of your Court case. This hearing most likely will not be heard before your assigned Judge/Referee. This is not a hearing to lose any sleep over.
If both parties agree, an Order will be immediately issued for an ENE and/or FENE session.
In Anoka County and Hennepin County, the date of the Initial Case Management Conference (ICMC) is your default date (unless otherwise agreed to) for the Date of Separation for Valuation Purposes, which means this is the date all asset/debts/liabilities are to be valued.
Length: There is no way to predict the actual length of time you and your attorney will be at the Courthouse waiting for your case to be called, but the actual hearing itself should take no longer than 20 minutes. As a precaution, please always plan for approximately 3 hours in length.
How to Prepare: Your attorney will prepare and file your ICMC Data Sheet. You need to:
What to Bring:
Payment: No Court fee is required; your attorney's fees will be billed against your retainer being held in our trust account.