If you are ordered or directed to, you must attend a Family Settlement Conference (previously known as a Family Case Conference). The purpose of an FSC is to have a judge help the parties try to resolve any issues in dispute by agreement.
A FSC is an informal, confidential meeting between you, your former spouse, and a judge. At an FSCC, the judge will try and help you resolve your issues or set dates and deadlines for the remaining steps in the court proceeding. The judge tries to help you work out the issues in a non-confrontational way. If both you and your former spouse agree on an issue, the judge can prepare an order for you. FSCCs are very helpful and often result in settlement. The judge will want to know what you agree on and what you don't agree on. The judge can help get an agreement between you. You must attend the conference if you get an order to attend one. If you can’t agree, the judge won’t make a decision on the issues, but can make procedural orders such as financial disclosures. At the FSC, the judge or master can: