Caseload growing; newest court will handle civil disputes


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A husband and wife are going through a divorce and battling over custody of their two children.

Each parent wants sole custody, but the parents now live in different school districts. The new school year is quickly approaching, but neither the parents nor children know where the first day will be spent, adding to an already-stressful situation.

Time-sensitive cases involving child custody issues often are given precedence in the courts, cutting waiting time by months in some instances. If someone accused in a criminal matter requests a speedy trial, that case comes to the front of the line.

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