FAQ Questions

 FAQ Answers

What is an Early Resolution Conference?
An Early Resolution Conference is an opportunity for both parties to come to court, meet with the other party to discuss with the assistance of a neutral third party all of the issues of the case and possibly resolve all of the issues in their case.
What cases are included in the Early Resolution Program?
Only cases of Dissolution, Legal Separation, First Orders for Paternity, Custody, Parenting Time and Child Support are included in the ERC program.
Is the Judge also at the ERC?
No, the ERC is not like a trial. The Judge is not present. The ERC is more informal. The ERC is not recorded by a court reporter. The ERC is not confidential.
Can my friend or family member attend the ERC with me?
No. Only the parties to the case may attend and participate in the case.
Do I have to hire an attorney?
No. The Early Resolution Conference Program is for self-represented parties. However, in the event one or both parties retain attorneys after the Petition and/Response are filed and served but before the ERC is set, the ERC will still be held and hopefully one or more of the issues will be resolved.
What if I need an interpreter at the ERC?
You must call 520-866-7349 to an interpreter. Do not wait until the day of the ERC to make your request .
If the other party and I are in full agreement, do we still need to come to the ERC?
You must attend the ERC unless you and the other party have submitted your Consent Decree with all attachments prior to the ERC date and you have notified the Conciliation Court that you have submitted your Consent Decree paperwork. Or if you and the other party agree to reconcile you may file a Stipulation of Dismissal of your case.
What happens if one of the parties does not appear for the ERC?
If one party fails to appear for the ERC then the case will proceed and it will be set for a possible Default hearing. You and the other party will be notified of the date and time of the hearing.
How long will the ERC last?
You should plan for approximately two (2) hours.
Can I bring my children to the ERC?
Do not bring children to the ERC.
Is there an extra charge for the ERC?
There is no extra charge for the ERC. However, if you fail to appear for the ERC, you may be charged a No Show Fee of $166.00.
What if I am unable to appear on the date of the ERC?
For good cause only, or by agreement of the parties the ERC may be reset. This is very rare. Do not make a frivolous request.
What if I live outside of the state of Arizona or I am incarcerated and cannot personally appear? Will I be allowed to appear by telephone?
If you make a written request in the time allotted in the Order to Appear you may be given permission to appear by telephone. Routine requests for convenience are discouraged.
What forms do we need to complete for the ERC?
When your case is set for an ERC, you will be mailed an Order to Appear and a Resolution Statement Form. The Order to Appear includes a list of papers and documents for you to bring with you to the ERC. You must complete the Resolution Statement Form and return it to the Conciliation Court 5 days prior to the ERC date.

Also you must bring the following information with you:
  • PHOTO ID
  • SELF ADDRESSED 9 X 12 ENVELOPE WITH AT LEAST 3 POSTAGE STAMPS
  • Copies of Federal and State income tax returns (Personal, Partnership, and Corporate), as well as schedules, attachments, W-2’S and 1099’S for the past two years.
  • Copies of pay stubs or statement of earnings for the past six months.
  • Copies of the most recent statements reflecting the amount of any benefits received such as Social Security, SSI, AFDC, TANF, (formerly AFDC), unemployment compensation, worker’s compensation, trust income, retirement benefits and the like.
  • Proof of actual paid court ordered child support for child(ren) other than the child(ren) in this case, for example, payment histories or the amount contributed by the custodial parent.
  • Proof of actual paid court-ordered spousal maintenance.
  • Proof of medical insurance premium actually paid by the parent (for the child(ren) involved in this case only).
  • Proof of reasonable and necessary expenses for attending private or special schools or necessary expenses to meet particular educational needs (for the child(ren) involved in this case only).
  • Proof of actual child care costs (for the child(ren) involved in this case only).
  • Proof of costs for extraordinary child(ren) (gifted, handicapped or special needs) for the child(ren) involved in this case only.
  • Proof of name of current employer and payroll address.
  • Most recent statements of all Accounts (Banks, Credit Cards, Loans, Mortgages, Trusts, Retirement, Pensions, 401K’s, Student loans),including account name, number and outstanding balance.
  • Any current Order of Protection issued out of Pinal County.
What if we agree to some things but not everything?
At the conclusion of the ERC, you will sign an agreement which will include all of the issues that you agreed upon. Agreements reached during the ERC which are included in the Agreement will not be included in your trial. Only those issues that you have not been able to agree upon by the time of your trial will be decided by the Judge at trial.
What forms do I need to complete to prepare for my Trial?

If you have children, you must complete
  • Joint Pretrial Statement Form
    • Must be fully completed and signed by both parties
    • Each party is responsible for completing their portion of this form
    • Make three copies – one for the Petitioner, one for the Respondent, one for the Judge
    • You must give the other party a final copy
  • An Affidavit of Financial Information
    • Each party must complete and sign this form
    • Make three copies – one for the Petitioner, one for the Respondent, one for the Judge
    • You must give the other party a final copy
  • Child Support Worksheet
    • Each party must compete a separate worksheet if you disagree about child support
    • Submit one child support worksheet
    • Make three copies – one for the Petitioner, one for the Respondent, one for the Judge
    • You must give the other party a final copy
  • Parenting Plan
    • Each party must compete a separate parenting plan if you disagree about child custody and parenting time
    • Submit one parenting plan signed and dated by both parties if you agree about custody and parenting time
    • Make three copies – one for the Petitioner, one for the Respondent, one for the Judge
    • You must give the other party a final copy
  • Inventory of Property and Debt
    • Each party must complete a separate inventory if you disagree about property and debt.
    • Submit one inventory signed and dated by both parties if you agree about custody and parenting time
    • Make three copies – one for the Petitioner, one for the Respondent, one for the Judge
    • You must give the other party a final copy
    • Exhibits and Witnesses
    • Each party must provide a list of all exhibits and witnesses
    • Make three copies – one for the Petitioner, one for the Respondent, one for the Judge
    • You must give the other party a final copy
If you do not have children, you must complete
  • Joint Pretrial Statement Form
    • Must be fully completed and signed by both parties
    • Each party is responsible for completing their portion of this form
    • Make three copies – one for the Petitioner, one for the Respondent, one for the Judge
    • You must give the other party a final copy
  • An Affidavit of Financial Information
    • Each party must complete and sign this form
    • Make three copies – one for the Petitioner, one for the Respondent, one for the Judge
    • You must give the other party a final copy
  • Inventory of Property and Debt
    • Each party must complete and sign a separate inventory if you disagree about property and debt.
    • Submit one inventory signed by both parties
    • Make three copies – one for the Petitioner, one for the Respondent, one for the Judge
    • You must give the other party a final copy
  • Exhibits and Witnesses
    • Each party must provide a list of all exhibits and witnesses
    • Make three copies – one for the Petitioner, one for the Respondent, one for the Judge
    • You must give the other party a final copy