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Filing a motion in court isn't the impossible task it may seem, especially with online forms that can be filled out from the convenience of your own computer. However, divorce cases can become complex and trying to jump through the legal hoops to protect your rights can be exhausting. Motions filed by your spouse may require filing motions in response. Other divorce motions can be filed preemptively to give you the greatest advantage in the case. Motions also provide a case with a substantial set of divorce records that you may need to access in the future.
Motions must be filed within a specific timeframe. This period varies by jurisdiction, but it is commonly 24 days before the next scheduled appearance in court. In addition, the motions may be filed with several forms of accompanying documentation, including the following:
Several different types of motions may be filed in divorce court, and they fall into one of the following categories: initial motions, responses, and motions of modification. An initial motion for court may be filed before a case begins or while it is still being processed. A motion to modify divorce decree may be filed during the case or afterward. A modification filed while the case is still in progress is a motion for reconsideration while a motion to modify divorce decree filed after the case is complete is a post-judgment motion.
Following are some of the motions commonly filed in divorce court.