Part 4 - Understanding the Divorce Process - Intensive settlement conference and trial

Part 3 - Understanding the Divorce Process - Intensive settlement conference and trial

When it comes to resolving a divorce case, two critical stages come into play: the intensive settlement conference (ISC) and trial. These stages hold significant importance in reaching a final resolution that will shape the future for all parties involved. The ISC provides an opportunity for clients and their attorneys to engage in a full-day settlement session, working towards a mutually acceptable agreement. On the other hand, if a settlement cannot be reached, the case proceeds to trial, where unresolved issues take center stage. This article explores the process of ISC and trial, shedding light on their pivotal roles in achieving a resolution in a divorce case.

Step six and seven- Intensive settlement conference and trial:

  • An ISC is scheduled by the court. It is an all-day settlement session at the courthouse between clients and their attorneys.
  • If a settlement was reached a written agreement will need to be prepared and signed based on the settlement terms. Then, an uncontested hearing is conducted before the judge to officially declare your judgment of divorce.
  • If a settlement was not reached, then a court date is set, and the parties will prepare for trial.
  • The trial will focus on the issues not agreed upon. The judge will hear sworn testimony from the parties, witnesses, and other experts while the lawyers will present trial briefs and evidence to support claims.
  • The decision will then be rendered by the judge and a final judgment of divorce will be issued.
  • If either party wants to file an appeal to challenge the decision, they can file within 45 days of the decision.


The journey towards a resolution in a divorce case often involves navigating the intensive settlement conference (ISC) and trial stages. The ISC provides a crucial opportunity for clients and their attorneys to engage in focused settlement discussions, aiming for a mutually agreeable outcome. If a settlement is achieved, the next step is to prepare a written agreement and proceed to an uncontested hearing before the judge, officially finalizing the judgment of divorce.

In cases where a settlement cannot be reached, the focus shifts to the trial stage. During the trial, parties present their claims, supported by trial briefs, evidence, and testimonies from parties, witnesses, and experts. The judge carefully evaluates the presented information before rendering a decision that results in the issuance of the final judgment of divorce.

It's worth noting that if either party disagrees with the judge's decision, there is an opportunity to file an appeal within 45 days. This allows for a higher court to review the case and potentially modify or overturn the judge's decision, if warranted.

In conclusion, understanding the significance of the intensive settlement conference and trial stages is vital for those involved in a divorce case. These stages offer opportunities for resolution and play a pivotal role in shaping the outcome of the divorce proceedings. If you require guidance and support during these critical stages, we encourage you to contact our experienced attorneys at Ziegler Law Group LLC. Call us or fill out our contact form today to schedule a consultation and obtain the dedicated legal representation you need.

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