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Do you have to get a new court order for a social study after 4 months?

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On Family court services site it says if more than four months have elapsed since the first social study report was filed with the court, a new court order and an additional fee is required. What does that mean?

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This is something you need to speak with your family law attorney about. Usually a social study report is good for a particular case while it is pending. However, local rules may require a new filing which includes another payment of the filing fee. I can't be certain but it sounds like family court services does not keep social study reports on file for more than 4 months. So file the social study report again if four months has elapsed and bring the filing fee.

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I agree with Ms. Kriebel - call them and ask them.

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No, you are not required to get a new social study if four months have elapsed. What the sites says is that if the court orders an updated social study because a significant amount of time has elapsed and more than 4 months have past, then family court services requires a new order and additional fee. This applies only if the court has ordered an updated social study. If that has not occurred in your case, then you are fine. You need to read both sentences on the site (copied below), together.

Updated Social Study
A court may order a social study to be updated if a significant amount of time has elapsed between the completion of the social study and the hearing on the case.
If more than four months have elapsed since the first social study report was filed with the court, a new court order and an additional fee is required.

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