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After a divorce is filed, it’s important to understand what proceedings will follow.
First, the other party should answer the filing. If not, a default will be granted after the jurisdictional period of six months or more in the case of a no-fault.
Next, the court examines ancillary matters such as property division or alimony. In those two cases, both parties must file documents listing all assets and debts, incomes and budgets.
Next, a pre-trial conference will be scheduled to see if the issues involved can be settled. If not, a hearing on ancillary matters will be scheduled including a list of witnesses and timetable for the hearing. This hearing is usually scheduled 6-8 months after divorce is granted.