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Types of Court Orders

Before we get into the details about the different types of court orders, the first that should be clear is what exactly is a court order. A court order is an official decree or pronouncement by the judge or a group of judges, that state the legal relationship in between two opposing parties of a trial, appeal, or hearing or any other form of court proceedings. The ruling necessarily defines and authorizes the undertaking of specific steps by either one or both of the represented parties. For a court order to be sanctioned, it has to be signed by a county, state, or federal judge.

The presentation and declaration of the court order directly depend on the type of the legal proceedings, along with the procedural and evidentiary regulations that dictate the proceedings. Court orders have many different types. A court order can simply be about the next day of the trial, or it can be about settling a complicated dispute between large institutions in a multi-jurisdictional dispute. A court order can be broadly classified as a final order or an interim order. As the name suggests a final court order is given to conclude the court actions, while an interim court order is given out during trial or any type of court proceeding. As was discussed the court orders need to be attested by a judge to be valid; some jurisdiction has made it necessary for it to be notarized even.

Different Types of Court Orders

While the attestation of the court order by a judge is a requirement for it to be valid, often some judges read out the order in open court which is also held to be as valid a document. The orally declared court orders are later added as a transcript of the proceedings.

Enlisted Below Are The Most Common Types of Court Orders:

  • The most popular court orders fall under the Section 8 Orders as is listed in the Children Act 1989. Section 8 Orders deal with children and child disputes in court. This order cannot be given out to any adult person who is above eighteen years of age. For it to be given to anyone who is 16 or 17 years old it has to be an exceptional case.
  • Residence Order is the second most popular order to be issued by American courts. Residence orders are basically custody settlement orders as it declares with which parent or guardian of a child will reside with as long as he or she is a minor. The residence order can be made out to anyone who can act as a legal guardian of the child. This can include, uncle, aunt, grandfather, grandmother, godparents, friends, or relatives.
Types of Court Orders
  • Contact order dictates how and when the minor can get in contact or reach out with one of the parent or guardian. Sometimes the court order specifies if the contact is in person or if it has to be through letters, phone calls, virtual media or monitored visits. Sometimes a no-contact order is placed that prevents one of the parents from contacting his or her child at all.

Shared residence orders are also gaining huge popularity. This basically means that two legal guardians share the legal custody of the minor. The order is usually split in a 3:7 ratio. The child stays 70% of the time with the person who has majority custody over the minor. In this situation, the minor spend an allocated amount of time with one guardian and stays the rest of the time with the other guardian. If the split in time is more extreme, then the court often goes for a residence and contact order in place of a shared residence order, to make the minor’s life more stable.

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