Divorce / Family FAQs

  1. How do I file for Divorce?
  2. What is service and why is it important?
  3. What is a summons and an alias summons?
  4. What do I do after I am served with a complaint/petition?
  5. What is an appearance?
  6. What is an answer?
  7. What is a motion?
  8. How do I file a motion?
  9. How do I set up a motion to see a Judge?
  10. What is a notice of motion and how do I file one?
  11. When are motions heard by the Judge?
  12. Where can I get the forms required for my case?
  13. What happens if the respondent fails to file an appearance or answer?
  14. What is a continuance?
  15. What is a status date?
  16. What is an order?
  17. How can I see what is in the court file?
  18. Do you need a cover sheet for new case filings?
  19. Does the Office of the Circuit Clerk accept personal checks for filing fees?
  20. I need to take the father or mother of my child to court for child support. What do I need to do?
  21. My youngest child will be 18 soon. How do I terminate child support?
  22. I would like to have the amount of my child support increased/decreased. What do I need to do?
  23. The judge ordered the father/mother of my child to make a support payment after leaving court. When will I receive this payment?
  24. How do I obtain a record of child support payments made?
  25. How do I modify a court order?
  26. How do I increase/decrease child support?
  27. How do I change the allocation of parental responsibilities (formerly known as custody) Order?
  28. How do I change the allocation of parental responsibilities (formerly known as custody) Order if it is less than 2 years since the date of the Order?
  29. How do I modify my parenting time (formerly known as visitation)?
  30. Is there a fee for paying online?
  31. How long does it take to process my payment?
  32. What is the Family Court Mediation Program?
  33. What should I do if the other party and I do not agree?
  34. How do I prepare my case for the judge to hear?
  35. What should I do before coming to Court?
  36. What should I do when I arrive in Court?
  37. What should I do before I leave the courtroom?
  38. How should I ask for help?
  39. Who should I ask for help?
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