Between the time the divorce petition is filed and the final entry of judgment, parties are under the purview of the Family Court System. This allows parties to request their family law judge make certain orders. It also means that the parties are bound by certain rules of engagement.
These rules of engagement are largely designed to protect each party’s ability to fairly litigate or negotiate the custody, support, and property division issues within their case.
The first set of rules apply automatically from the very beginning of the case. In other words, these rules apply to the Petitioner as soon as he or she files for divorce and apply to the Respondent as soon as he or she is served with the divorce petition.
Read on to make sure you’re playing by the rules, or it could cost you more than you’re willing to lose.