What should I do before coming to Court?

When you file a pleading, you have to send a copy of that to the other party. Also, the Clerk’s office will not automatically provide a copy of what you’ve filed to the judge. Therefore, if the filing is very detailed you may want to provide the judge with a copy ahead of your hearing date. This is known as a “courtesy copy” and it must be clear that the document has been filed and sent to the other party before it is sent to the Judge.

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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?