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Emergency Modifications

Emergency hearings are also known as ex-parte hearings. They are usually held when there are situations that need “immediate” court intervention. Few such situations include when there is an issue of child custody, or someone is about to lose their home because of the other party’s actions or inaction, or someone is asking for a restraining order.

Almost always, issues related to money are not considered to be an emergency situation by the Courts (e.g. child support, spousal support).

During an ex-parte hearing, the Court decides whether there is an “urgent” situation present that justifies the request, or whether enough time has lapsed such that the underlying urgent nature of the emergency request is no longer urgent.

Legally, an emergency hearing is held only to determine if there really is an “emergency” that needs the Court’s intervention “immediately”. Theoretically, if you can argue that the underlying urgent nature of the alleged emergency situation is no longer present or is too old, the ex-parte request for a hearing will not be granted.

However, in reality, the Courts have the discretion to overlook the request for an emergency hearing if the urgency is no longer there, and can make temporary orders that can affect one’s chances for a favorable ruling at the subsequent hearing.

It is almost always better to hire a lawyer for emergency ex-parte hearing. Such hearings are often very emotional, and one may not know what to say under emotional stress. ALL ex-parte hearings are time sensitive. It is highly advised that if you have such a hearing coming up, that you should consult our Riverside attorneys for emergency hearings who have extensive experience handling such matter.

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