Orange County Request For Order Lawyers Protecting Clients While They Await The Finalization Of Their Divorce
In the state of California, a divorce can take months to finalize. Since many couples have already established separate living arrangements while waiting for the final divorce decree, what can they do while they wait? How will they divide parenting time? Can spousal support be received? This is where a temporary order or Request for Order (RFO) can help.
At Sarieh Law Offices, we have helped countless clients file and obtain the necessary orders they need during the divorce process and have received many questions in the past. Here are some of the most common questions we have been asked:
- What is a request for the order?
- How to file a request for an order?
- What kinds of orders can be modified or established with a request for the order?
What Is A Request For Order?
A Request for Order is a request submitted to the court by a party to establish or change orders relating to child and spousal support, child custody and visitation, or other related issues, such as requesting that one party pay the other’s attorney’s fees in the divorce or custody dispute.
If the Request for Order (RFO) is to establish or modify child custody or visitation, the court usually sends the parties to mediation before the RFO is heard by the court. Some courts will schedule the date of mediation, while in other courts you will have to call in and obtain an appointment with the conciliation court.
With a vigorous Orange County divorce attorney lawyer on your side, you can have confidence in knowing that we are no strangers to divorce and family mediation and can represent you effectively in this process as well as courtroom appearances and other necessary steps.
How To File A Request For Order?
When filing an RFO, you should attach it to the Application for Order and Supporting Declaration. If you are requesting any temporary orders pending the full hearing on the RFO, such as temporary orders for custody or support, you will need to complete the applicable Temporary Order form and attach it to the RFO. Typically, an Income and Expense Declaration is required if your RFO asks the court to rule on any monetary issues.
The RFO form has an area to fill in the date and place of the hearing and the request for temporary orders while the case is pending. If the RFO papers are filed at the same time as the Petition, this hearing is usually held within three to four weeks after the Petition and Summons are filed.
What Kinds Of Orders Can Be Modified Or Established With A Request For Order?
The following types of orders may be established or modified by means of an RFO:
- Child Custody
- Child Support
- Spousal Support
- Request for Attorney’s fees, expert witness fees, and court costs
- Injunctive orders
- Others (jurisdictional disputes, ex parte applications, dwelling exclusion, etc.)
Orders made by the court pursuant to an RFO are temporary, which means that the orders remain valid only until another modification is filed, at the time of the trial or when the Judgment of Dissolution is filed.
Contact One Of The Best Request For Order Law Firms In Orange County, CA
At Sarieh Law Offices, we offer years of experience and know what it takes to protect our clients and their family’s best interests. We know this is a trying time in your life and we will do whatever we can to ease your burden while you await the finalization of your divorce.
To learn how our attorneys can help you, contact us at (714) 542-6200.