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Motion and Order To Continue

A continuance during court proceedings is a postponement or rescheduling ordered by the judge. In Arizona, it is possible – with good cause – to “continue” your court hearing or trial to a later date. To put your case on hold, you can work with an Arizona Certified Legal Document Preparer at AZ Diamond Documents to help you write and file your motion to continue and the accompanying draft order to continue.

Slow down the clock

Whether you’re waiting for a family court hearing, trial, or other type of case or you’re already engaged in the legal process, an order to continue requests a delay in your court proceedings. If the court orders a continuance, this delay can give you extra time to gather more favorable evidence and build a stronger position.

You will need a compelling argument to postpone the case. The best strategy is to have an expert legal document preparer craft your motion to continue. The draft order to continue must be written precisely and a professional with experience in this area can help you.

In addition to documenting the facts and citing appropriate case law in support of your argument for a continuance, the document preparer can also write an order that’s easy for the court to approve as-is without further argument. Even though legal paperwork may seem complex, a continuance is a routine task to a professional document preparer.

That’s the power of an expert legal document writer.

Overview of the motion to continue

Courts and attorneys presume that original hearing dates are firm and not subject to change without good cause. The legal calandar is committed long in advance, and small changes can disrupt expensive attorneys’ schedules. You shouldn’t assume that the court will readily agree to a continuance, even if both parties agreed to it. If you truly need to postpone or reschedule a court appearance date, you can work with a legal document preparer to file a motion for continuance.

Some acceptable reasons for postponement might include:

  • Serious illness in a party or a party’s immediate family member
  • Previously scheduled surgery or other intensive professional treatment
  • Previously scheduled “milestone” family events such as weddings and graduations
  • Out-of-town for unavoidable reasons (for example, COVID travel restrictions)
Although you ask for a continuance, you should still be ready to attend the original hearing date. In some situations, you might briefly appear in court simply to hear the judge order that same continuance until a later date.

The court may order a continuance if you already have a scheduled hearing date but can’t personally attend. Or you might have a court-ordered deadline for providing documentation in a case, but can’t meet the schedule. If so, a continuance may be granted.

Plan in advance

Since legal calendars are so tightly filled, file your motion to continue as early as possible. For the same reason, you should keep in mind that the delay may end up to be far longer than you had assumed.

Legal service on the counter-party will take some time too. The other party must receive a copy of your Motion as well as a Notice of Hearing with a date far enough ahead to allow for their planning.

Legal motions in Arizona

A good legal document preparation service can write highly effective motions and petitions. When you need a motion to continue, contact the professionals at AZ Diamond Documents.

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