How are judges assigned to a divorce case?

mens divorce lawyerQuestion:

I know that local divorce laws vary from state to state and even from county to county, but in general, how are judges assigned to divorce cases?

Also, how long does it typically take for a court to assign a judge to a case?


As I am licensed in Pennsylvania, I can only speak in reference to the laws of this state.

In Allegheny County, where I most commonly practice, a judge is assigned to a family division case upon the first filing in the matter.

In other outlying counties, judicial assignments are typically arranged according to parties’ last names.

Generally speaking, judicial assignments occur instantaneously with the initiation of the legal action.

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