Family Law Triage Pilot Program

The Family Law Triage Pilot Program is designed to ensure self-represented litigants are ready for their scheduled hearing by providing assistance in navigating through the Family Law process. During the Triage program, participants will be offered assistance by Family Law Facilitators, Self-Help staff, Child Custody Recommending Counselors, and the Department of Child Support Services for possible resolution prior to being referred to their assigned department.

Effective immediately, upon receipt of an initial Request for Order (RFO) for hearings set on 5/27/14 and after, staff will verify if the case qualifies for the Triage Program.

Types of cases that will qualify for Triage:

  • Cases with initial (first time) Request for Order filed. Initial RFOs are defined as the first time a motion is filed in the case. The RFO can be for any and all issues.
  • Cases having one or both litigants as self-represented
  • DCSS cases within family law cases or RIK cases with issues other than child support exclusively
  • Denied Ex Parte requests set for hearing on Request for Order (initial filings only)

Cases that do NOT qualify for Triage:

  • Cases having both litigants represented by attorneys
  • Domestic Violence Restraining Order requests (RIV cases)
  • DCSS cases (RIK cases – child support only)
  • Adoption cases
  • Juvenile Exit Orders

Triage RFOs will be set for hearing into the assigned department at 8:15 a.m. on either a Monday or a Tuesday. Once the parties have checked in for Triage and are ready to proceed, they may be sent to Family Court Services, if there are custody and visitation issues, for an initial Child Custody Recommending Counseling session. If an agreement regarding custody and visitation is reached, the CCRC will prepare the agreement and the parties will return to Triage for further direction. If an agreement is not reached, this will be communicated to Triage and the assigned department, and further direction will be given. In most instances, the hearing will be continued and a subsequent CCRC appointment will be set.

If the case does NOT qualify for Triage, Request for Orders and Motions will be scheduled in the assigned department on Mondays and Tuesdays at 8:30 a.m. and CCRC appointments will be set on a date at least 10 days prior to the hearing.

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