Many people resolve their family law matters without ever stepping foot in a courtroom. That being said, sometimes the court process becomes necessary. If considering court, a basic outline of the process is as follows:
1. Firstly, there must be an originating claim for either:
2. Once the originating claim is served on the other party, they have 30 days to respond to the Application or Motion to Change.
3. Mandatory Information Program (MIP): Most often, this must be attended by both parties (separately) in order to provide them with information concerning:
4. First Appearance Date:
5. Case Conference (must have at least one per case) and Settlement Conference:
6. Motions: Requesting the Judge make an order before, during, or after a trial/proceeding in order to make a temporary order which is valid until the next possible date to have one’s full case heard.
7. Trial Management Conference: In addition to acting as any other conference (an effort to resolve issues in the matter), the Trial Management Conferences may also be used to set up timelines and procedures for the trial.