Here’s what to expect during your first court date in divorce proceedings.
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Your first court hearing can vary, but typically speaking, it’s
what we call the request for order. That allows either party to request
temporary orders pending the final dissolution documents. That usually
entails custody, visitation, child support, or other necessary orders.
If custody and visitation are involved in the request, then the parties
are mandated to go to mediation to resolve the issue. If not, the parties
proceed to court.
"Do not interrupt the other party
when they present their case."
The parties are required to report at 8:30 a.m. in Los Angeles County.
Please keep in mind that the court can have anywhere from 20 to 30 matters
on the same day as your hearing, so many people will be checking in at
the same time. If you have hired counsel, they will normally check in
and try to meet with the other party to see if a resolution can be reached.
If the conflict isn’t resolved there, your case will be called.
There, you’ll go up to the counsel’s table, and each side will
have an opportunity to present their case to the court, at which time,
the court will make a determination. The court may give its determination
right there on the record, or they may send it to the parties in the mail.
You are required to come on time, wear something professional, and most importantly, not interrupt the other party when they present
their case. Judges do not appreciate that.
If you have other questions about your first court date or anything else
relating to divorce proceedings, don’t hesitate to reach out to
me. I’d love to help you.