The following are the steps in a typical dissolution case with minor children.
- Filing of Original Petition.
- Issuance and service of summons.
- Filing of Original Answer (and possibly a Counter Petition).
- Parents attend C.O.P.E. class.
- Discovery (exchange of information needed for trial).
- Mediation to explore areas of agreement and disagreement.
- Pre-trial conference.
- Trial (may be a contested or non-contested hearing).
- Entry of Judgment of Dissolution.