Often, divorce clients' first experience with the Court is at the Preliminary Conference, which they are required to attend. At the Conference, they curiously observe their respective attorneys filling out pages of a document and, sometimes, arguing over the various provisions. Ultimately, asked to sign the document, the clients query counsel, "What is this again?" As it turns out, what this is and what this was designed to be—this preliminary conference document that emerges into the Preliminary Conference Order—are not the same. The discrepancy between the theoretical purpose of the Preliminary Conference Order and the actual, practical consequences of the Order needs to be investigated. To read more about Preliminary Conference Orders, click here for access to the full article(reprinted with permission from the Nassau County Bar Association).