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The following information provides answers to frequently asked questions about divorce and the procedures related to filing for divorce and for post-divorce motions and other general family law questions. Please remember that family law issues often involve complicated procedures and considerations. It is always recommended and encouraged that parties seek the advice of an attorney. The Family Court Commissioner and Court staff are not permitted to provide you with any legal advice or to talk to one party without all interested people present.

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  • The other parent and I just don’t get along what can I do?

  • How long should adjustment take?

  • How do the courts decide custody and placement issues?

  • Can placement schedules change?

  • Does everyone get 50 / 50 placement (equal placement)?

  • What is the best placement schedule for children?

  • How do I make an appointment to speak with the Judge or Court Commissioner?

  • Can I give up my rights to the child so I can stop paying child support?

  • How old does a child have to be before he/she can decide which parent to live with?

  • He/she isn’t paying the child support ordered. Can I stop him/her from seeing the kids?

  • Who prepares the paperwork after a hearing?

  • The other party isn’t following the court order. He/she isn’t letting me see the kids. He/she isn’t paying child support. Why isn’t the court doing anything about it?

  • When is my divorce final?

  • What if my spouse and I do not agree on how to handle our personal, financial, or parenting responsibilities while the divorce is pending?

  • What are the methods of service?

  • What does it mean to “serve” the other party?

  • How do I file for divorce?

  • Is there an advantage to being the person who files the divorce (the petitioner)?