Does it matter who files first?

In most cases, not at all.  He who files first goes first in court. He who files second goes second in court. I have no problem being second in court as I hear the other side first and I am better prepared for my side of the case.  However, we have the ability in Johnson County, Kansas to get temporary court orders on the day we file without a hearing and if temporary financial support or other issues are urgent, it can be important to file first so those orders are in place immediately.  We can get them if we file second, but we have to have a hearing and it can take quite a bit of time. Sometimes the delay is very difficult on a person who needs the temporary support or other matters, but our dockets are very full these days…

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