Family Workflows


This article walks through some example workflows for Family Law matters. Since every law firm and jurisdiction may be a little different, we encourage you to edit this workflow based on your own preferences or jurisdictional requirements.

If you are new to Smokeball and Workflows, review Workflows on specifics on how to create a workflow. It is simple to assign tasks to an attorney responsible, person assisting, or specific staff members.

Filing Documents

Divorce Prove Up Documents

Financial Discovery

Response to Discovery Served on Our Client

Divorce Common Pleadings


Filing Documents

*This workflow is specific for Cook County, Illinois

Task Name Due When Comments
Draft, Sign, and Send Engagement Agreement on matter opening  
Engagement agreement received? 5 working days after "draft, sign, and send engagement agreement" is completed This is a task for following up on a signed fee agreement
Draft Petition for Dissolution of Marriage on "engagement letter received" complete  
Draft Domestic Relations Cover Sheet on matter opening  
Fill out 1/2 Sheet on matter opening To be completed/received from Clerk upon filing. This document is available in Smokeball.
Draft Summons on matter opening  
Draft Service of Process on matter opening Motion for Special Process Server or Service by Sheriff
File Proof of Service 14 working days after "service of process" is completed  
Check Docket for Respondent's Appearance/Answer 30 working days after "file proof of service" is completed If no Appearance/Answer if filed, follow steps for Motion for Default. You can also set up a workflow for this process as well.

 


Divorce Prove-Up Docs

*Helpful check list for prove-up documents needed

Task Name Due When Comments
Draft Notice of Prove-Up 0 working days after workflow is applied  
Signed Marital Settlement Agreement No Due Date  
Signed Parenting Plan No Due Date  
Confirm Completion of Proof of Parenting No Due Date Focus/Mediation Order, Parenting Class Certificate, Online Parenting Class
Draft Certification & Agreement of Counsel No Due Date  
Draft Order on Prove-up No Due Date  
Draft Child Support Documents No Due Date  
Draft Judge's Prove-Up Sheet No Due Date  

 


Financial Discovery

Task Name Due Date Comments
Complete Client's Financial Affidavit 0 working days after workflow is applied  
Draft 213 Marital Interrogatories 0 working days after workflow is applied  
Draft 214 Notice to Produce 0 working days after workflow is applied  
Create Blank Financial Affidavit for Other Side No Due Date  
Draft 201(K) Letter 28 working days after Draft 213 Marital Interrogatories is completed Confirm Discovery Request has not been received or incomplete
Draft Motion to Compel Discovery and Notice of Motion 10 days after 201(k) letter is completed  

 


Response to Discovery Served on Our Client 

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Task Name Due Date Comments
Discovery Due No Due Date Can assign this to multiple people within the firm
Send letter to client explaining discovery process On the date this workflow is applied to a matter  
Check in with client on client Discovery process 2 weeks before Discovery is Due  
Get Discovery documents from client and draft Responses 1 week before Discovery is Due  
Review Discovery 3 working days before Discovery is Due  

 


Pre-Decree Common Pleadings

This is a checklist of common pleadings that may be needed for Pre-Decree Matters.

Task Name Due Date Comments
Motion for Child Support 0 working days after workflow is applied  
Petition for Child Support & Maintenance 0 working days after workflow is applied  
Petition for Exclusive Possession 0 working days after workflow is applied  
Petition for Indirect Civil Contempt 0 working days after workflow is applied  
Petition for Interim Fees 0 working days after workflow is applied  
Petition for Maintenance 0 working days after workflow is applied  
Petition for Temporary Allocation of Parenting Time 0 working days after workflow is applied  

 

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