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Motion for reconsideration in dissolution (divorce) case in California

A motion for reconsideration in a dissolution (divorce) case in California is the topic of this blog post. Any party in California requesting reconsideration of an order may file a motion for reconsideration. Code of Civil Procedure section 1008(a) is the statute that authorizes reconsideration of an order in California. A motion for reconsideration can also be filed in a legal separation or nullity case in California as well as a divorce case.

A motion for reconsideration in California can be useful if a party is aware of the limitations involved. The first and most important limitation is the 10 day deadline for filing the motion. A statutory motion for reconsideration must be filed within 10 days after service on the party of written notice of entry of the order. The second limitation is the requirement that the party moving for reconsideration of an order must make a showing of new or different facts, circumstances or law since the date of the original order that the moving party was not aware of and could not have discovered with reasonable diligence.

Code of Civil Procedure § 1008(a) states that “When an application for an order has been made to a judge, or to a court, and refused in whole or in part, or granted, or granted conditionally, or on terms, any party affected by the order may, within 10 days after service upon the party of written notice of entry of the order and based upon new or different facts, circumstances, or law, make application to the same judge or court that made the order, to reconsider the matter and modify, amend, or revoke the prior order. The party making the application shall state by affidavit what application was made before, when and to what judge, what order or decisions were made, and what new or different facts, circumstances, or law are claimed to be shown.”

A motion for reconsideration may made in a California divorce or other family law case pursuant to Family Code § 210 which states that, “Except to the extent that any other statute or rules adopted by the Judicial Council provide applicable rules, the rules of practice and procedure applicable to civil actions generally, including the provisions of Title 3a (commencing with Section 391) of Part 2 of the Code of Civil Procedure, apply to, and constitute the rules of practice and procedure in, proceedings under this code.”

Several decisions of the California Courts of Appeal have stated that a decision on a motion is not res judicata, and a trial court has jurisdiction to reconsider a prior ruling.

A motion for reconsideration is only applicable to interim orders, not final orders. Note that any party affected by an order may file a motion as reconsideration is not limited to the party who filed the original application for an order.

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