There are several different types of hearings in Arizona family court cases. Each type can have unique goals and procedure. Understanding the differences can help you better prepare for your hearing. The information below is provided as a general explanation and may not always apply. Family court judges sometimes use terminology interchangeably or specify different instructions/procedure in their minute
The pretrial statement is an important document filed before an evidentiary hearing or trial. When the family court sets a trial, its minute entry usually contains detailed instructions and a deadline, typically five days before trial. The family court’s minute entry may require specific information, depending on the issues in the case. For example, if the case involves children,
Both parties are expected to testify in family court if the case requires trial. In many cases, the parties are the only witnesses and their testimony significantly affects the outcome of the case.
Our entire judicial system is founded on the presentation of competing evidence to prove or disprove a claim. It is especially critical to introduce strong evidence in family court cases, which are decided by judges and not juries.
A “motion” is a request made by a party to litigation for the court to take some specific action. Most family court motions are made in writing, though certain requests can be made orally.