January 18, 2024 In Family Law (General)

Crafting an Effective Meet and Confer Letter in a Family Law Case

In a family law case, after exchanging written discovery, writing a meet and confer letter is an essential step to resolve disputes over discovery requests. This letter is a formal way to communicate with the opposing party about issues regarding discovery responses. Here’s a comprehensive guide on how to draft a meet and confer letter effectively:

  1. Start with Basic Information: Include the date, your name, case number, and the address of the recipient at the top of the letter.
  2. Clearly State the Purpose: Begin the letter by stating that it is a meet and confer correspondence as required by California law for discovery disputes.
  3. Specifically Reference the Discovery Requests: Clearly mention which discovery requests are in dispute. For instance, “I am writing concerning your responses to Request for Production of Documents Set One.”
  4. Detail the Issues: Identify specific issues with the discovery responses. Are certain responses incomplete? Are objections being raised that seem unwarranted? Specify each problem clearly.
  5. Provide Legal Basis: If possible, cite relevant statutes or case law that support your position regarding the disputed discovery issues.
  6. Suggest Solutions: Offer solutions or alternatives to resolve the issues. This could include rephrasing certain requests or providing a timeline for when missing information will be provided.
  7. Request a Response: Politely ask for a written response to your letter within a specific timeframe, typically 10-15 days.
  8. Express Willingness to Discuss: Indicate your availability to discuss these matters over the phone or in person to reach a resolution.
  9. Warn of Potential Legal Action: State that if an agreement cannot be reached, you may be compelled to file a motion with the court to compel responses.
  10. Conclude Professionally: End your letter on a cordial note, expressing hope for a cooperative resolution.
  11. Attach Copies of Pertinent Documents: Include copies of the disputed discovery requests and any relevant correspondence for reference.
  12. Proofread and Edit: Ensure that your letter is clear, concise, and free of errors.

Remember, the tone of the letter should be professional and collaborative, aiming for a resolution without escalating the conflict.




Disclaimer: This information is for general informational purposes and is not legal advice. For assistance with family law cases, contact The Mines Law Firm at 888-700-0093 for representation.