Court Procedures

Typically, in family law proceedings, there are several steps that a party must take to get to trial. While we usually recommend that court is used as a last resort, in some cases it is unavoidable. There are specific forms that need to be filled out, and deadlines that need to be met.

Court documents must be prepared, issued, served, and filed. The other party then has a fixed number of days to respond by filing and serving other court documents.

There may be a First Appearance, although this can be waived in some cases.

The parties may attend a Case Conference and/or Dispute Resolution Conference, Settlement Conference, and Trial Management Conference, and there could be one or more motions. Each court appearance is very important, has its own objectives, and requires advance preparation of further documents.

We know the deadlines, the forms and court procedures, and the strategies that can be used. We can ease your stress and take care of the legal aspect, so that you can focus on your life.

It is important to know that court procedures are not quick, and can be emotionally draining; great care should be made in reaching the decision to go to court.

To schedule a confidential and free 1/2 hour consultation in Burlington, please call our office at (905) 336-6919.