The length of time largely depends on whether the divorce is contested or uncontested.
A contested divorce occurs when there is a dispute involving child custody, child support, visitation, alimony, or the division of property or assets. The court allows the parties to engage in discovery to obtain evidence from each side.
The main types of court & public records are marriage and divorce records, birth and death records, property records including bankruptcy, liens, and civil and criminal cases filed with the court system.
Public background checks also include include civil records, criminal records, arrest records, traffic violations, DUI/DWI's, drug offenses, outstanding warrants, pending court dates, including past judgments. exercises its own jurisdiction over specific types of cases.
A legal separation does everything that a divorce does, except dissolve the marriage itself.
All issues pertaining to asset-debt distribution, child custody, visitation, and spousal support are decided in the same manner and with the same finality as they would be in a divorce.
It is critical at this stage to consider hiring a Divorce Attorney to assist with the case.
Most contested divorce cases begin with what is known as a hearing on either party’s request in the form of a Motion for Temporary Relief.
In searching additional information or to validate information on file with your public record you may also want to contact the local county courts clerks office in your state or county, including local small claims court, family court, traffic court or any other court to validate more specific types of information about a case or file. Federal records are maintained by the federal courts.
The records from the Supreme Court, district courts and bankruptcy courts throughout the country update information and decisions on a daily basis.
The Summons informs the Defendant that a divorce action has been brought by the Plaintiff, and he or she must accept and answer the Complaint for Divorce.
After the Defendant is served, he or she must file an Answer to the Complaint for Divorce.
The final hearing is known as a final or merits hearing.