Anatomy of a Family Law Court Case

The purpose of this summary is to provide an overview of the main stages, or anatomy of the typical Family Court case. This summary is not intended to be all inclusive or to deal with every situation that may arise in matrimonial disputes, nor is it intended to provide legal advice specific to your case. You should discuss with your attorney how the particulars of this summary apply to your case.

1. INITIAL INFORMATION GATHERING AND DECISION MAKING Read More / Hide

2. FILING OR DEFENDING SUIT IN THE FAMILY COURT Read More / Hide

3. ENGAGEMENT OF EXPERTS Read More / Hide

4. EX-PARTE TEMPORARY ORDERS Read More / Hide

5. FORMAL DISCOVERY Read More / Hide

6. LENGTH OF CASE Read More / Hide

7. SETTLEMENT EFFORTS Read More / Hide

8. MOTIONS AND CONTEMPT HEARINGS Read More / Hide

9. SUBSTANTIVE LAW Read More / Hide

10. STATUS, PRETRIAL AND FINAL HEARINGS Read More / Hide

11. POST-TRIAL MOTIONS Read More / Hide

12. APPEALS Read More / Hide

13. CLEAN UP AND IMPLEMENTATION Read More / Hide

14. ENFORCEMENT Read More / Hide

15. MODIFICATION Read More / Hide

16. FEES AND COSTS Read More / Hide