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You may have a separate custody hearing, at some point between the initial filing of the case, and the date of the final hearing.Although your trial date is six months or more away, you and your attorney hardly have enough time to do discovery, analyze all the documents and deposition transcripts, line up expert witnesses, get property appraised, do a business valuation (if applicable), and analyze all the numbers regarding separate and marital shares of all the finances. If you want to value a house, a business, or certain other assets, or if you want to talk about someone’s mental or physical health, point out that someone could be earning more money, or testify that the children would be better off living with you rather than your spouse, you will usually have to hire an expert. Your local court may set a pretrial conference, at which you will let the court know how long you expect the trial to take, which issues remain to be decided, and so on.You may have to answer written questions under oath, within set deadlines.
There may also be a request for a restraining order or for exclusive possession of the former marital home. If your state still recognizes fault grounds for divorce, those will also be spelled out in the case. You may come home one day to see that the sheriff has taped a bright yellow plastic bag containing papers to your front door, serving you by posting.Failing to respond to these questions on time may mean that the court will treat all of the facts in question as “admitted,” even if they are blatantly untrue.