What Is an Order to Show Cause?

Request for Relief and Protection

 

An order to show cause is used to apply for relief from the court. Orders to show cause can be used to obtain protections for children and to prevent harm or further harm from becoming them. They are often filed when a party, such as a parent or guardian, seeks emergent relief to protect a child from imminent danger. For example, you can file an order to show cause to get emergency sole custody of a child, terminate parental rights, or to prevent a parent or guardian from taking a child outside of the state of New Jersey.

Orders to show cause, also sometimes called show cause orders, are frequently filed in restraining order cases, divorce cases, custody cases, and child welfare cases. If your child is in danger from the other parent, you should take action quickly and file an order to show cause to request custody. You can request an emergency hearing when you file an order to show cause. This means that you are asking the judge to hear your case as soon as possible. If accepted, the judge will hear your case and can then decide whether or not to grant you the relief you request. If the judge does not accept your order to show cause, you can still ask for the relief you seek, such as sole custody, but will have to go through the full hearing process. This can take weeks and will not provide you any immediate protections. Consequently, the order to show cause is a very important filing in your case, and you will be best served if you have an attorney assist you with the process.

If you have questions about filing an order to show cause, you should consult with an experienced New Jersey child custody and child welfare attorney. A skilled attorney can help you navigate the process so you can get the relief from the court you need. When your or your child’s safety is at stake, it is very important you fill out the order properly and submit it along with the information needed for the judge to make an informed decision. If you are not granted emergent relief, an attorney can help you seek the protections you need through the full hearing process.

 

If you have questions about asking for emergent relief from the court, Williams Law Group, LLC can assist you. The skilled attorneys at Williams Law Group, LLC will help you navigate the process of filing or responding to an order to show cause. Located in Union, New Jersey, Williams Law Group, LLC provides compassionate and dedicated legal services to Union, Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Monmouth, and Middlesex counties, and the surrounding areas. Our knowledgeable attorneys handle divorce and family law, child custody, and child abuse/neglect cases. Call our office at (908) 810-1083, email us at info@awilliamslawgroup.com, or contact us through our confidential online form to schedule a consultation and ultimately get you connected with an experienced New Jersey divorce and child custody attorney.

 

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