Choosing where to file

I live in a large county. STBX lives in a much less populous one. How do I choose which to file in? I could get in front of a judge quicker there, but would he have a “home field” advantage? How do you find out how judges typically rule on things? Thanks for the help.

Your spouse would not have a “home field” advantage if you chose to file in the county he resides. Judges will rule impartially regardless.

You can ask people that you know that have been through a divorce case in either county about what their experience was on how their judge ruled on certain issues, or you could ask attorneys. Oftentimes, even in the smaller counties, you won’t have control over which judge will hear your case. Keep in mind that you will have to travel to the courthouse in the county that you filed every time you need to file additional paperwork, attend court dates, etc.

Anna Ayscue

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