California courts have adopted a new form for requesting orders from the Court. Previously you had to choose between filing an Order to Show Cause or Notice of Motion when you wanted to ask the Court to make orders for child support, spousal support, change in custody orders, or anything else.
Neither one of these names makes intuitive sense to someone who is unfamiliar with the courts. Considering how many people involved in family law matters choose to represent themselves, it makes sense to simplify the naming of things like this so that the self-represented parties can navigate the process more easily.
In the new changes effective July 1, 2012, the Order to Show Cause and Notice of Motion have been replaced with a single all-inclusive Request for Order form (FL-300) that should hopefully make a lot more sense to self-represented parties. After-all, when you are requesting that the Court make an order on your behalf, it makes sense that the name of the forms you file for that reflect that.
Time will tell whether the self-represented parties’ lives are made easier with the new Request for Order form, but I think the change in name will make things a bit easier to understand for those without prior exposure to the legal system. Do you think the new forms will simplify things?