At some point in the Divorce proceeding, the Court issues a Scheduling Order. This Order indicates the various obligations of both parties and sets precise deadlines for when certain things are to be completed. For example, if there is a marital home, the Court may Order both parties to complete the residential appraisal on or before a certain date. If there is a business, the Court may Order a deadline for conducting a business valuation. If custody is an issue, the Court may Order a custody evaluation to take place on or before a certain date. The Court will typically also provide a deadline to finish discovery. Failure to follow a Scheduling Order can be extremely prejudicial. For example, if a party fails to follow the rules of discovery or attempts to engage in discovery after the discovery deadline has passed, the Court can deny the opportunity for that party to obtain information. This can be extremely prejudicial to the preparation of the case and the ultimate disposition.
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