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Family Law Tip of the Week: Last-Minute Continuances - Family Law News

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Family Law News

Posted on: Jan 10, 2018

Welcome to Tip of the Week! Judicial officers will offer a tip each week for members of the Family Law Section. Feel free to send suggestions to Mag. Kim Mattingly at

By Mag. Kimberly Dean Mattingly, Marion Superior Court

New to the case? Do not assume your request for a continuance will be granted. Do not accept the retainer if you cannot be at the hearing. Opposing counsel does not object? Not a guarantee of a continuance – as I noted on a motion to reconsider a denial this week, the court may object!
General rules: the longer the hearing has been set, the less likely it is to be continued. Similarly, half-day and full-day hearings need a very good reason to be continued at the last minute. Re-read Local Civil Rule 215. The only lawyer I ever knew who filed the required affidavit with a last-minute continuance has passed away…haven’t seen a single one since.

Stay tuned for a new tip next week!

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