Court Process

  1. Filing to First Hearing
  2. Contested Cases & Appeals

Filing to First Hearing

  • Within 2 to 4 weeks of filing, the Clerk’s Office will process your petition(s) and send out a summons as to your court date, via the Sheriff’s.
  • The Clerk’s Office will also notify CMG Foundation, the Court’s Mediator.
    • You will be contacted by CMG if your case is appropriate for mediation.
    • If an agreement in mediation is reached, you will not need to appear in court, the Clerk’s Office will mail you your final order.
  • Within 30 to 90 days of filing, the Court will hold your first hearing.
    • At that time, you may leave with a final order.
    • If there are circumstances which require an additional hearing, your case will be continued to a contested hearing on the Court’s docket.
    • Other events which may occur at the first hearing:
      • A Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) may be appointed for a child or a party
        • Note: You may be financially obligated to pay.
      • Re-referral to mediation
      • Order to attend a mandatory parent education seminar (NOTE:  in response to COVID-19, there are several parenting education seminars being offered remotely.)
      • Psychological evaluation
      • Substance abuse screening