the above postings are correct.
but court to court; state to state; a minor varity may be there.
not in general, but in some cases advocates extract illegal money from the clients. be aware of it. so much you take interest, more money will be extracted.
keep close watch on your case.
have you got the copy of the plaints ( your petation), which submitted by your lawyer at court.
check whether fir copy annexed in your plaint.
ask him whether he placed the plaint at court. if he submitted the plaint he will get a receipt from court. this receipt is the proof of accepting the case by thecourt. collect the original copy for your feture ref. it is your property. give a photocopy of to your lawyer.
next stage is present the plaint before the court. it is job of the court clerk, but they sometimes delay for some unknown reason. try to understand.
in a perticular day the first hearing will be done. on that day it will be decided by the court whether the plaint is acceptable by the court or not. If it is acceptable then summon will be sent by the court, not by your lawyer. if your lawyer sends that is legal notice not summon by the court.
at this stage you will get 2nd date.
now find at what stage your plaint is there.
if there is a family court, your case will have to be placed there. lawyer not allowed there. if family court not there, then district court of your area will here you.