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What is a motion on consent in family law and what happens at one?
As of March 1, 2021, the term custody has changed to decision-making responsibility. And in most situations, the term access has changed to parenting time. Now, all parents usually have parenting time.
Also, a person who isn't a parent or step-parent may get a contact order to spend time with a child. For example a grandparent can get this order.
For example, you may need a temporary order that says where your children will live and what school they will go to.
A motion on consent means you and your partner agree on the temporary orders you want the judge to make.
If you and your partner agree, you can put your agreement in writing in either a consent agreement or minutes of settlement. These are written documents that say what you are agreeing to. They can be handwritten and signed or typed and signed.
There are Family Law Rules that tell you what is needed at every step in a court case. Rule 14: Motions for temporary orders tells you what you need to do to get your consent order.
You can talk to a lawyer who can help you with your motion. If you can't afford to hire a lawyer for your whole case, some lawyers provide "unbundled services" or "limited scope retainer" services. This means you pay them to help you with part of your case.
If you can't afford to hire a lawyer at all, you may be able to find legal help in other places.
But there are some motions that you can bring before a case conference. This includes a motion based on an agreement or an urgent motion like: