Ask the court for an order
During your family law case, you can ask the court for something not listed specifically on the Request for Order (form FL-300), often related to the legal process of the case. For example, ask the court to set aside (cancel) a default or to order your spouse to finish their financial disclosures. To do this, you check the box "other" on the Request for Order form and write in very broadly what you want the court to decide.
Before you start
Some of these requests can be complicated.
You may need to write the legal reason for your request. There may be other forms you have to attach. For these types of requests consider getting help from the Self-Help Center or Family Law Facilitator at your court. A local law library may also have resources for you.
Fill out Request for Order form
Fill out the Request for Order (form FL-300). Use this form to tell the court:
What you want it to order
Why it should order that way
For other, use item 8 on page 4, and “Facts to Support” (item 10 on page 4).The Petitioner is the person who started the family law case initially. The Respondent is the other spouse or parent. For example, if you are filing this Request for Order but the other person was the one who started the case at the very beginning, you are the Respondent.
Depending on what you asked for, you may need to attach other forms or give a legal reason for what you're requesting.
Make copies of your forms
After you’ve filled out, signed, and dated both forms, make 2 copies of the forms.
File your forms
To file your forms with the court:
- Give the original and the 2 copies to the court clerk
- Pay a $60 fee (unless you’ve gotten a fee waiver)
There may be other fees. For example, if you’re also asking to change child custody or visitation.If these are the first papers you’ve filed in the case, there will be a $435-$450 “first paper” filing fee. If you can't afford the fee, you can ask for a fee waiver.
The clerk will:
- Stamp the forms
- Write a hearing date on the Request for Order form
- Keep the original form and return the copies to you
A judge will make a decision about your request at the hearing.Yes, you can file by mail. Mail the original and 2 copies to the clerk. You need to include the filing fee and a self-addressed stamped envelope so the clerk can mail your copies back to you. If you do not include a self-addressed stamped envelope you will have to go to the courthouse to pick up your copies.
Some courts allow online filing (called "e-filing"). You can find out if your court has online filing by visiting your court’s website.
Once you’ve filed the forms, the next step is to serve your spouse or the other parent.
Before or after you served the papers, you can start to prepare for your hearing.
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