courtEx parte (Latin, literally “from one party”) hearings are emergency hearings requested from a judge by one party usually without informing the other (or only informed on short notice) hence not all parties are present in the ex parte hearing. Ex parte hearings usually grant temporary restraining orders/custody when there is no time to lose (and so the decision cannot wait for regular court hearings), for example, when there is immediate danger of physical/mental harm or abduction (say, of a spouse or child), or loss/damage of property. Court orders coming from an ex parte hearing often end or are changed after the other party has had opportunity to explain his or her side in a full court hearing.

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