A court order is a written document issued by a judge in court.
Court orders are given to both parties to a court case – called the petitioner and the respondent – each time your case is heard in front of a judge in court. The court order describes what events took place in court on the date it is issued, and it typically requires one or both parties to do or not do something.
For example, a child support order is a legally-binding court order that requires a parent to pay a certain amount of money on a monthly, semi-monthly, or bi-weekly basis.
Failure to follow a court order may result in severe financial and or legal penalties, depending on your case.
When getting legal help from an attorney, it is important that you have the most recent court order from your case if you have already been to court. This will allow the attorneys to better understand your current legal needs. Additionally, each court order is accompanied by a docket number – knowing this number will also help the attorneys find relevant information concerning your case.