Motions & Oppositions

 

CAUTION!

Motions and Oppositions are only filed into EXISTING CASES - these documents will not start a new case.  If you do not have a case yet, visit other parts of the website that tell you how to file a case.

This is a list of the motions and oppositions that are available, free of charge, at the Family Law Self-Help Center.

To jump down to a group of forms, click one of these links:

For TEMPORARY orders before the case is finalized
To CHANGE orders after the case is finalized
To ENFORCE orders that are not being followed
Generic Motions / Oppositions

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FYI!

A “motion” is a written request that tells the judge what the person wants the judge to order and why. Either the Plaintiff or the Defendant can file a motion. A court date is set for any motion that is filed.

The other party can file a written “opposition and countermotion" if he or she disagrees with the other party’s requests.

For information about how to fill out and file court forms, please read Basics of Court Forms and Filings.

 

If you would like to file exhibits in support of your motion or opposition, use this form:

Exhibit Appendix (pdf) 

 

MOTIONS/OPPOSITIONS FOR TEMPORARY ORDERS BEFORE THE FINAL ORDER

For DNA / Paternity Issues:

Motion to Establish Paternity and/or for DNA Testing (pdf)

Motion to Establish Paternity and/or for DNA Testing (pdf fillable)

For Child Custody and Child Support Issues ONLY:

Motion for Temporary Custody, Visitation & Child Support (pdf) 

Motion for Temporary Custody, Visitation & Child Support (pdf fillable) 

Opposition to Motion for Temporary Custody, Visitation & Child Support (pdf)

Opposition to Motion for Temporary Custody, Visitation & Child Support (pdf fillable)

For Child Custody, Child Support, Alimony, and Possession of the Home Issues (for Married Parents):

Motion for Temporary Custody, Support and/or Exclusive Possession (pdf)

Motion for Temporary Custody, Support and/or Exclusive Possession (pdf fillable) 

Opposition to Motion for Temporary Custody, Support and/or Exclusive Possession (pdf)

Opposition to Motion for Temporary Custody, Support and/or Exclusive Possession (pdf fillable)

For Alimony and Possession of the House Issues ONLY (for Married People Without Child Issues):

Motion for Temporary Spousal Support and/or Exclusive Possession (pdf) 

Motion for Temporary Spousal Support and/or Exclusive Possession (pdf fillable)

Opposition to Motion for Temporary Spousal Support and/or Exclusive Possession (pdf)

Opposition to Motion for Temporary Spousal Support and/or Exclusive Possession (pdf fillable)

 

MOTIONS/OPPOSITIONS TO CHANGE ORDERS

To Change Child Custody:

Motion to Modify Custody, Visitation, and Child Support (pdf)

Motion to Modify Custody, Visitation, and Child Support (pdf fillable)

Opposition to Motion to Modify Custody, Visitation, Child Support (pdf)

Opposition to Motion to Modify Custody, Visitation, and Child Support (pdf fillable)

To Relocate with Minor Children:

Motion to Relocate with a Child (pdf)

Motion to Relocate with a Child (pdf fillable)

Opposition to Request to Relocate with a Child (pdf)

Opposition to Request to Relocate with a Child (pdf fillable)

To Change Child Support or Spousal Support:

Motion to Modify Child Support and/or Spousal Support (pdf)

Motion to Modify Child Support and/or Spousal Support (pdf fillable)

Opposition to Motion to Modify Child Support / Spousal Support (pdf)

Opposition to Motion to Modify Child Support / Spousal Support (pdf fillable)

To "Undo" a Default or a Final Decree:

Motion to Set Aside Default, Decree, or Order (pdf)

Motion to Set Aside Default, Decree, or Order (pdf fillable)

 

MOTIONS/OPPOSITIONS TO ENFORCE ORDERS THAT ARE NOT BEING FOLLOWED

To Hold a Person in Contempt:

Motion to Enforce and/or for an Order to Show Cause Regarding Contempt (pdf)

Motion to Enforce and/or for an Order to Show Cause Regarding Contempt (pdf fillable)

Opposition to Motion to Enforce and/or for an Order to Show Cause (pdf)

Opposition to Motion to Enforce and/or for an Order to Show Cause (pdf fillable)

To Enforce Child Custody and Visitation Orders:

Emergency Motion to Enforce Visitation and/or Custody (pdf fillable)

Application for an Order Shortening Time (for motion to enforce custody and visitation) (pdf fillable)

Order Shortening Time (for motion to enforce custody and visitation) (pdf fillable)

For an Emergency "Pickup Order:"

Ex Parte Motion for Return of Children (pdf fillable)

Ex Parte Order for Return of Children (pdf fillable)

 

GENERIC MOTIONS/OPPOSITIONS (FOR ANY OTHER ISSUES)

Generic Motion (pdf)

Generic Opposition (pdf)