Ex Parte & Judge


When an ex parte order is granted it is heard by the judge holding court that day, who may or may not be present for the return hearing. In most counties the courts do make an attempt to have the same judge hear a domestic case all the way through, but there are no guarantees.
An ex parte order is granted based only on the evidence presented as part of the ex parte motion, no other evidence is considered. The purpose of the return hearing is to allow you to present your side of the story, and the judge cannot make a decision regarding the case until he or she has heard evidence from both sides. This is why these orders usually only last for 10 days

Erin E. Clarey
Attorney with Rosen Law Firm

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4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 500
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
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Charlotte, NC 28262
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Durham, NC 27713
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When an ex parte order for custody is issued, is the judge (who will be hearing the case in court) the same one who has signed or allowed the order to be executed? My fear is that the judge will have already made a decision before I am able to present my side of the case.

And does the judge have prior access to other information in the case, such as the original request for temporary custody and the answers to the request … those drawn up by attorneys.??