Family law encompasses a variety of legal matters, including divorce and child custody, and any number of these cases can end up going through the litigation process. When a family law matter goes through litigation, it essentially means that it will go to trial and you will have to appear before a judge. Once the trial concludes, a judge will decide on the outcome. If you are going through a divorce, there are several issues a judge will have to address.
Understanding What Happens in Court
Although litigation typically takes more time, effort, and incurs more costs, it is sometimes the only way certain family law matters can be handled with the parties involved cannot see eye-to-eye.
If you are going through a divorce, here is what you can expect in family law court:
- Discovery: At the start, both sides will conduct a discovery, which is designed to ensure each party has all the pertinent information and documents needed to achieve a fair resolution. Moreover, during this process, you, your spouse, friends, family, and others may be called to answer questions under oath. Discovery can take several months or more, depending on the complexities of your case.
- Pretrial issues: You may have to attend a pretrial conference during which you can state which matters still need a resolution. The court may also decide on some pretrial motions. For example, you and your spouse may be required to attend a parenting class if child custody is an issue in your case.
- The trial: The trial itself may only take a matter of days. Each side will make an opening statement, witnesses will testify and be cross-examined, and evidence will be presented. At the end of your trial, the judge will make a ruling.
Even after a judge makes a ruling, you or your spouse may object to a ruling. Objections must be written into an order, which the judge on your case will sign. If both sides disagree on the same matter, you will have to return to court and address the matter once more.
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