Posted by Jeremy Swanson
On June 29, 2016

“What Is An Order Shortening Time In A Family Law Case?”

“What Is An Order Shortening Time In A Family Law Case?”

An order shortening time is used in circumstances that do not justify emergency orders. These are generally circumstances where there is no physical danger to children, but nonetheless orders need to be made quickly. They are used to address visitation issues when there isn’t time to wait for a full hearing, vacation issues, event of extracurricular issues (such as upcoming trips that one parent won’t consent to) as well as certain kinds of medical issues. Financial issues that do not qualify as an emergency may also be heard on shortened time.

Generally, what occurs is that you submit a normal motion with a request for the court to shorten time. The judge assigned to the case will review the decaration to determine if an order shortening time is appropriate. The judge can either grant or deny the request. If the judge denies it, the court hearing will still be set, but in the regular course and with normal notice periods. If the judge grants the request, then the judge will set a date for the hearing (usually 10 to 15 days out, although in some extraordinary cases it can be shorter) and also a date when the motion must be served by. Both dates should be on the front of the Request for Order.

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