Civil filings increased slightly during 2000. General civil plus small claims cases decreased .12% from 1999 levels and decreased 6.82% from 1998 levels.
Most case filing categories remain relatively stable. Notable changes include personal injury claims, which decreased 9.7%, and foreclosure filings, which increased 22.7% from 1999 data.
Domestic relations case filings increased .28%. Support proceedings make up 47% of all domestic relations case filings.
Divorce filings account for 26%, adult abuse filings 10%, custody filings 2%, adoption 2%, paternity 10%, and termination of parental rights account for 3% of the domestic caseload.
Divorce filings were up 7.4% to 2,980 cases in 2000. Adult abuse case filings increased 7.8% to 1,211. Paternity case filings were up 26.1% with 1,124 cases filed, while support proceedings decreased 10.6% with 5,354 cases filed, compared to 5,953 cases in 1999.