If you are in the process of getting divorced, or are planning to get divorced in Colorado Springs, you may be trying to navigate the case on your own. You may find you have more questions than answers. One such question may be, “What exactly is an ISC?”
Simply put, “ISC” is short for Initial Status Conference. You may have already been instructed by the court clerk that you will be required to attend an Initial Status Conference. You are not alone… Almost all parties to newly filed Domestic Relations matters in Colorado are required to attend an Initial Status Conference.
The ISC is essentially a scheduling conference. During this conference, you will discuss the status of your case, as well as the issues needing to be decided, with a Family Court Facilitator (or on rare occasion, the magistrate handling your case, depending on the division assignment you receive). A Family Court Facilitator is not a judge, but your attendance is still required! The Family Court Facilitator is a court employee, often an attorney with a Domestic Relations background, who will 1) advise you on certain legal issues (such as spousal maintenance, formerly known as alimony) and 2) provide both parties with a daunting list of mandatory deadlines, including exchanging your financial disclosures, filing your Sworn Financial Statement, and (if children are involved) completion of your Children and Families in Transition course.
If you and the other party to the case attend the ISC without an attorney, you will be required to sit through a lengthy group briefing with many other parties like yourselves. You will watch videos regarding what to expect during the pendency of your case, and you will be forced to ask questions in a group setting.
If you have an attorney representing you at the time of your ISC, you will have a private appointment time set aside just for you and the other party to your case. Because your attorney will be there to advise you on the pertinent deadlines and legal issues, an ISC with your attorney present will usually only take about 15-20 minutes. While the Family Court Facilitators are all very personable and extremely knowledgeable individuals, having a more concise, private Initial Status Conference is only one of the many benefits our attorneys at McKinney & Associates can provide you. If you have additional questions about your case or need aggressive and reliable legal representation, contact our office today at (719) 633-4541 to schedule your Free Consultation with one of our experienced Family Law Attorneys!