The process of getting divorced starts with the filing of a Complaint in Divorce. Oftentimes, in addition to divorce, the Complaint will have claims for equitable distribution, custody and support or alimony. Each of these claims has its own path.
So, perhaps you start with custody. There is first mediation, a seminar and then a hearing before a Custody Conciliator or Master. If you are unhappy with the result at this level, you can file for a hearing before a Judge.
Then you move forward with the support path. Depending on your county, this can be up to a three hearing process, depending on whether someone is unhappy with the result reached at the conference or Master’s level.
Usually, the final path is before a Master in Divorce who will decide on the division of assets and whether alimony should be awarded. If someone is unhappy with this result, there can be a hearing before a Judge. The final step is the entry of a Decree in Divorce.