How to Get a Court Order
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What Is a Court Order?
Court orders are rulings made by judges, and may be written or spoken decisions. They can cover a variety of topics; the most common court orders are:
- Search warrants
- Court dates
- Lawsuit rulings
- Criminal sentencing
- Restraining orders
- Temporary protective orders
- Emergency protective orders
- Child custody and visitation
- Child support
How Can I Get a Court Order?
Court orders are commonly used in family law matters. Court orders can be issued through two basic methods:
- They can be in connection with a court proceeding. For example, during a divorce, child custody, or family abuse hearing.
- They can be filed at a separate time from any hearing or proceeding. File your motion with the court and request the specific type of order you want. You will also need to provide evidence in support of your request.
Are There Any Legal Penalties for Not Complying with a Court Order?
Yes, violating a court order can lead to many legal consequences. These can include:
- Being held in contempt of court
- Criminal penalties, such as fines or jail time
- Loss of privileges, such as loss of child custody or visitation rights
- Intervention from legal authorities, such as police enforcement removing a child from the violating party’s custody
Do I Need a Lawyer If I Want a Court Order?
Yes. Getting a court order can be complex, especially for family law matters. An experienced family law attorney can help you find and request the right court order, as well as represent you in court hearings.
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Last Modified: 11-25-2014 04:23 PM PST
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