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Family Law Process

North Metro Litigators is here to help guide you through the process of using the courts to enforce your rights in a family law dispute.

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Complaint filed

Within 48 hours of your hiring North Metro Litigators, we can file a complaint with the court to start the process. The complaint is your requests of the court and the reasons why you are making the request.

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Service

The defendant is served with a copy of the filed complaint. Service by the county sheriff can take up to two weeks. Private service can be completed within 48 hours.

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Answer

The defendant is required by the courts to respond to the complaint within 30 days.

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Discovery

North Metro Litigators will engage with the defendant’s attorneys to exchange evidence about the case. The court will compel the defendants to release relevant evidence, and we handle the court for you. This can take up to 6 months.

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Temporary Hearing

This occurs usually within 45 days of service. For certain circumstances we will ask for an emergency hearing which occurs much faster. The judge will decide the status of financial obligations, possession of the home, temporary custody and visitation, and other matters. These are temporary arrangements which are subject to change by the judge.

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Motions

The court will hold a confirmation hearing. This is where the plan is reviewed and the court will formally approve the plan.

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Mediation

Frequently we must request the court compel action on various aspects such as discovery, contempt, etc. North Metro Litigators file motions with the court to ask the court for relief.

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Trial

Unfortunately, mediation can fail, and a judge or jury will have to decide how things are settled. The time frame for this can vary widely, each case is different with different circumstances. We’ll explain this in detail during your free consultation.

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