Civil filings decreased slightly during 2001. General civil plus small claims cases increased 3.02% from 2000 levels. The increase was in small claims filings.
Domestic relations case filings decreased 1%. Support proceedings make up 50% of all domestic relations case filings. Divorce filings account for 25%, adult abuse filings 11%, custody filings 3%, adoption 3%, paternity 9%, and termination of parental rights account for .002% of the domestic caseload.
Divorce filings were down 12% to 2,650 cases in 2001. Adult abuse case filings decreased 2% to 1,177. Paternity case filings were down 16% with 972 cases filed, while support proceedings decreased 1% with 5,286 cases filed, compared to 5,354 cases in 2000.