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Time is of the Essence in Family Law Cases

We all have certain things we procrastinate about.  It seems that we are most likely to procrastinate on the tasks that we least like to do.  Maybe a person hates doing the dishes, and so she lets them pile up in the sink.  Some people hate exercising and always think they will get to it tomorrow (which becomes tomorrow’s tomorrow and so on and so forth).  Needless to say, there are many people that don’t want to deal with their family law issues and thus they procrastinate.  Unfortunately, waiting to take action in family law cases can have dire impacts on your case.  Here are three examples of consequences that can occur by delaying taking action in a family law case.

  1. Default Order.  In family law cases one party usually brings an action.  This can be by motion or petition.  Then, the other party (often referred to as the responding party) provides their response.  After the responding party’s response, the party bringing the petition or motion usually gets to file a reply.  In some cases the party that is supposed to respond fails to do so.  This can occur because that party fails to file anything at all, or fails to file the documents on time and the court refuses (or is unable to review them).  Needless to say, the court having only one party’s material prior to making a decision can cause them to be persuaded that the party who
  2. Loss of Child Support.
  3. Loss of Opportunity to Appeal.  In some cases unfavorable orders can be appealed.  This can be done by a request for revision or reconsideration.  Importantly, there are firm deadlines on when these types of motions may be filed.  In most cases, if an attorney knows he or she will be appealing a family law order, they start the process of seeking revision or reconsideration immediately.