Steps in a Dissolution Case

The following are the steps in a typical dissolution case with minor children.

  1. Filing of Original Petition.
  2. Issuance and service of summons.
  3. Filing of Original Answer (and possibly a Counter Petition).
  4. Parents attend C.O.P.E. class.
  5. Discovery (exchange of information needed for trial).
  6. Mediation to explore areas of agreement and disagreement.
  7. Pre-trial conference.
  8. Trial (may be a contested or non-contested hearing).
  9. Entry of Judgment of Dissolution.