Gwinnett County Juvenile Court - Custody Cases
In some cases involving contested child custody and/or parenting time issues, a Gwinnett County Superior Court judge will grant a Motion to transfer the case to Gwinnett County Juvenile Court. Once transferred, the case will be assigned to one of three Gwinnett Juvenile Court judges. The first court appearance that is usually scheduled will be a Pre-Trial Conference with the assigned judge.
Pre-Trial Conference in Gwinnett Juvenile Court
The Juvenile Court Judge's office will schedule a Pre-Trial Conference and will send notice to the parties' attorneys of the date of the Conference. Both parties and their respective counsel shall appear at the Conference. The judge will go over the appropriate issues to discuss during the Pre-Trial Conference and a Pre-Trial Order will be entered. Said Order will address such issues as the deadline date for discovery to be completed, the issues involved in the case, the estimated time for trial, and the deadline date for the financial affidavit, list of witnesses and documentary evidence to be filed prior to trial. The judge will also discuss whether a Guardian ad Litem will be appointed and if a home study or evaluation is required. The court will also inquire as to whether the parties will want the final hearing 'taken down' by a court reporter. At the end the judge will schedule the case on an upcoming trial calendar.
Mediation - Gwinnett Juvenile Court
The judge will also request the parties to attempt mediation if the court deems appropriate. If mediation is to be scheduled then the parties and their attorneys will meet with a Dispute Resolution Coordinator after the Conference to schedule the date and time of the mediation session.
If you have any questions about a Gwinnett County custody case in Gwinnett County Superior or Juvenile Court, please contact attorney Doug Lewis by phone at 770-682-3765 or via email at [email protected] for a free initial phone consultation.
Doug Lewis has over twenty years of experience in Gwinnett County and the Atlanta Metro area handling divorce, legitimation, paternity and child custody cases, family law cases, personal injury cases, criminal defense, juvenile cases, civil litigation cases and estate planning matters.