One of the things you will learn about divorce is that it is a process, not an event. Trial procedure involves various hearings and meetings along the way to a trial. The following describes the procedure of a typical divorce trial. The rules of procedure in your jurisdiction may differ in some details but will generally follow those that will be described.
The Scheduling Hearing
Once the complaint has been filed and served, the court will notify the parties of a scheduling hearing. Many courts use scheduling hearings for calendar control. At this hearing, you can ask for certain court services and the judge sets several dates for your trial.
Many courts provide some or all of the following services in divorce ...