Do I need a lawyer?
You may need a lawyer if your case will be contested or involve a dispute over paternity, guardianship, adoption of a minor child, custody, visitation, child support, grounds for divorce, alimony, marital property, pension benefits, guardianship for a disabled adult, children in need of assistance or juvenile case. You may also need a lawyer if you need help to locate or serve the other party, obtain financial information important to your case, represent you in court, or talk with the opposing party or lawyer.

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1. How long does the server have to serve the other party?
2. What do I do if I can’t locate the other party?
3. What do I do if the other party is avoiding service?
4. Does the server have to do anything after she/he serves the other party?
5. What is an Affidavit of Service?
6. What happens after the other party is served?
7. What do I do if I receive a summons?
8. What is an answer?
9. What happens when the other party answers the complaint?
10. What is a scheduling conference?
11. What if the other party does not file an answer?
12. What is an Order of Default?
13. Can I ask for an interpreter?
14. How will I know when I have a hearing?
15. What do I do the day of the hearing?
16. What if I can’t attend the date of my hearing?
17. What do I do if I need to get a protective order for domestic violence or child abuse?
18. What if I need an emergency hearing for custody, visitation, or support?
19. When my spouse/partner and I split up, who has legal custody of our children?
20. Can I get my name changed to my maiden name through a divorce?
21. Can I decide not to go through with the case I started?
22. What do I do if I want to make a change in custody, visitation, or child support?
23. What do I do if the other party is not following the judgment or order of custody, visitation, or child support?
24. Where do I call with questions about child support?
25. What are a plaintiff and a defendant?
26. What is the difference between a limited divorce and an absolute divorce?
27. Can I request custody and child support in a divorce case?
28. Do I need a lawyer?
29. How do I find a lawyer?
30. Is there a cost?
31. What do I do with the completed forms?
32. What forms do I need to start a case for divorce, custody, child support?
33. What if I can’t pay the filing fee?
34. What is a summons?
35. What is the difference between custody and guardianship of a minor?
36. What kinds of custody are there?