February 8, 2024 In Family Law (General)

Steps to Take When Filed Papers Are Overlooked by the Judge

In the realm of family law, every document filed holds significance for your case. It can be incredibly frustrating and disheartening when it seems a judge has made a ruling without considering your submitted paperwork. However, there are steps you can take to address this issue and ensure your voice is heard.

Identifying the Issue

First, it’s important to ascertain whether the judge indeed did not review the documents or if the ruling was based on other legal grounds. Legal decisions can sometimes seem perplexing without a thorough understanding of the law.

Steps to Address the Concern

  1. Review the Ruling: Understand the basis of the judge’s decision. It’s crucial to know whether the ruling explicitly states that certain documents were not considered. Sometimes, the decision may be based on legal standards or precedents that don’t require direct reference to your filings.
  2. Motion for Reconsideration: You might be able to file a motion for reconsideration. This is a request asking the judge to review the decision, specifically highlighting the overlooked documents and explaining their significance to your case.
  3. Appeal Process: If the motion for reconsideration is not successful or appropriate for your situation, an appeal may be an option. An appeal is a formal request for a higher court to review the lower court’s decision. Be aware that appeals focus on legal errors, including the failure to consider crucial evidence.

What to Keep in Mind

  • Timeliness: Legal actions have strict deadlines. Whether filing a motion for reconsideration or an appeal, ensure you meet all timeline requirements.
  • Evidence: Maintain a clear record of all submitted documents, including proof of filing and any communication regarding these documents.
  • Legal Representation: Navigating post-ruling actions can be complex. Professional legal guidance can increase the chances of a favorable outcome.


If you believe a judge has made a ruling without considering your filed documents, it’s essential to act swiftly and knowledgeably. By understanding your legal options and taking appropriate action, you can work towards a resolution that properly takes your submissions into account.





Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended as legal advice. For assistance with your case, contact The Mines Law Firm at 888-700-0093 to discuss your specific situation.