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Matrimonial Preliminary Conference Part - Part Rules


Preliminary conferences shall be held in Room 5002 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week.

Preliminary conferences will be conducted within forty-five (45) days after assignment of the action.


Calendar call is at 9:30 a.m., unless the matter is scheduled at a time certain. Please be prompt for all appearances.



Unless otherwise directed by the Matrimonial Preliminary Conference Part (MPCP) the appearances of Counsel, Plaintiff and Defendant are MANDATORY at all Preliminary Conference court appearances. Counsel are to submit two business cards to the MPCP.



Prior to the Preliminary Conference, all pleadings (Verified Complaint, Answer, Notice of Appearance, Affidavit of Service) must be properly filed with the Office of the County Clerk. Courtesy copies of all pleadings are to be provided to the MPCP at the Preliminary Conference.



Fully completed and acknowledged Net Worth Statements with required documents, including parties’ recent pay stubs and W-2s, Attorney’s Retainer Statements and Temporary Maintenance Guidelines Worksheets, are to be properly filed with the Office of the County Clerk ten (10) days prior to the Preliminary Conference date. Courtesy copies of all documents, including any pending motions or orders to show cause and prior and current Court orders from any and all courts, are to be provided to the MPCP at the Preliminary Conference.



Prior to the call of the Preliminary Conference calendar, counsel and/or self represented parties MUST complete the proposed Preliminary Conference Order to submit to the MPCP at the first appearance.



Adjournments may be granted on a limited basis upon request to the MPCP. The MPCP will not grant adjournments of Preliminary Conferences beyond the forty-five (45) day period unless good cause is shown.

Communication with the MPCP will be accepted through email only



Notification for Court Interpreter Services shall be made to the MPCP not less than five (5) business days prior to the first court appearance by email at At the time of calendar call or check in, Counsel and/or Parties shall remind the MPCP that Court Interpreter Services are needed.