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Dear Attorneys,

I have recently filed for divorce from my husband and his attorney has filed a continuance. I am not really sure what this means and how it affects my case? Should I be concerned that this will have a negative impact on my case or the outcome of it?


Confused Spouse


Dear Confused,

We understand that all the legal terminology can be confusing for someone who is new to the court system. So, don’t worry, you aren’t alone! Many people are not familiar with the different terms that are used everyday in the legal world. A continuance is nothing for you to be worried about in terms of it having a major impact on your case (in general).  All a continuance means is that either the parties, or their attorneys, are postponing either a hearing, trial or other scheduled court proceeding.  These are used very often when attorneys have scheduling conflicts, or their clients are unable to make a court date. Sometimes they are even used if the parties (or attorneys) just need a little more time to work out issues, or reach an agreement. In our office, we make sure that if we are filing a continuance, it is in the best interest of our client and we try to ensure that all parties agree that this is the best decision for the case at that time.


Wolf & Shore Law Group

*The situations represented in our Dear Attorneys column are entirely fictional and any resemblance to a specific case is unintentional. We cannot, and will not, offer legal advice to anyone who is not a client. However, if you do have questions or concerns, you should contact an attorney at your convenience.

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