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New Family Law Request For Order Form (FL-300) Combines Three Forms Into One

(Posted July 2, 2012)

Effective July 1, 2012, three family law Judicial Council forms—Order to Show Cause (FL-300), Notice of Motion (FL-301), and Application for Order and Supporting Declaration (FL-310)—will be combined into a single, newly titled Request for Order form (FL-300). See Cal Rules of Ct 5.92 (eff. July 1, 2012). The new form is mandatory for all the same purposes as the old forms, i.e., to request new orders, modifications to existing orders, and temporary emergency orders. In addition, a new Information Sheet for Request for Order (FL-300-INFO) provides information on how to fill out, file, and serve the new Request for Order form.

These forms have been consolidated pursuant to the Elkins Task Force recommendations to assist self-represented family law litigants. However, attorneys also need to be alerted to the changes, so that the incorrect form is not filed on or after July 1, 2012, particularly since the old forms have been in use for over 30 years. If an attorney subscribes to a Judicial Council forms service, then he or she may have difficulty locating the proper form due to the new Request for Order form title. However, if an attorney is not using a current forms service, he or she might inadvertently use the revoked forms.

The following are links to the new forms:

For further information on family law procedure, see Practice Under the California Family Code: Dissolution, Legal Separation, Nullity (Cal CEB Annual).

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