If it is the best approach in your case, I will always strive to conclude family law proceedings by agreement to minimize conflict between the parties, while I am experienced and successful in litigating contested issues that exist in a particular case.
The typical timeline for fully litigated dissolution/paternity matters can involve a two-phase process which may include a preliminary and final hearing. Preliminary hearings can be requested by either party to establish preliminary orders. Preliminary orders may address custody, parenting time, child support, maintenance, or any other necessary issues, and typically remain effective until the final hearing. At the final hearing, if we have not reached an agreement via mediation or informal negotiation, then the judge renders a final judgment as to property division and all other contested matters. I am mindful that the court system is largely unfamiliar to the public and are therefore committed to educating my clients through this process step-by-step and making sure they are well prepared before taking each step in this process.