Order to show cause and Contempt of Court

Asked 9 months ago - New York, NY

I am representing myself in a family offense matter. I want to file an order to show cause on my spouse and also a contempt of court as my spouse has violated an existing order many times. How many days will it take for the Judge to sign the papers so I can have it served to my spouse? How many days would it take the Judge to pass the judgement on such relief.


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  1. David Ivan Bliven


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    Answered . Most NYC courts sign such orders within 3-5 business days. Your initial court date will likely be 2-4 weeks from there. That said, your spouse is entitled to a trial on the issue, and initial trial dates may be 2-4 months from the initial date. Schedule a consultation with a NYC Family Law attorney for a full assessment.

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  2. Eric Edward Rothstein

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    Answered . Every judge is different. There will likely be a hearing on your motion.

    I am a former federal and State prosecutor and have been doing criminal defense work for over 17 years. I was... more
  3. John Michael Phillips

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    Answered . You can have a local family lawyer investigate the situation. Avvo has an excellent "find a lawyer" tool to locate a top-rated attorney near you who offers a free consultation.

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