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Non-Dissolution (FD) matter pertain to custody, parenting time, paternity, child support, medical coverage, spousal support, modifications of existing orders, and emancipation for unmarried parties or for married couples who have not yet filed for a divorce.
On September 2, 2011, the Administrative Office of the Courts issued Judicial Directive #08-11 titled, “Family – Non-Dissolution Matters (FD Docket) – Revised Procedures.”
The Directive created a mandatory “screening process” to determine which, if any, complementary dispute resolution methods would be utilized prior to the matter being heard by the Judge. Normally, this means the cases are referred to parenting time mediation or “consent conferences.” These mediation sessions are handled by court staff trained in Family Mediation to address and help resolve the parties’ issues. One significant difference between traditional mediation and “consent conferences” is that the “consent conferences” are not confidential. The basis for this screening and complementary dispute resolution is to reduce the burden on the FD Court due to the high volume of pro se litigants.
Given the complexities involved with Non-dissolution or FD Proceedings, we advise you to contact one of our experienced family law attorneys at 908-735-5161 at Gebhardt & Kiefer today. We handle Non-dissolution or FD Proceedings and family law issues throughout New Jersey.