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Need to write a motion of continuance for a civil case in a

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Need to write a motion of continuance for a civil case in a missouri court. we are in the middle of negotiations with the creditor that is taking us to court. neither i nor my husband are in the state...i am at work in florida, he is with our children in RI. Neither my husband has no job, no income. I am willing to work with Wells Fargo, but not at the amount tey are suggesting.
Hello friend. My name is XXXXX XXXXX welcome to JustAnswer. Please note: (1) this is general information only, not legal advice, and, (2) there may be a slight delay between your follow ups and my replies.

I am sorry for your situation. A motion for continuance is generally granted only for (1) medical emergencies, (2) natural disasters, or (3) another issue out of your control. Simply asking from time without a good reason is not always granted. Ergo, someone in your situation may wish to provide some reason, such as seeking counsel, which may be helpful to persuade the Judge.


Here comes now (YOUR NAME), Movant, and bring this Motion for Continuance, and shows in support:

1. The hearing for ____ is currently set for __________.

2. Movant has not had sufficient time to find new counsel and requests the Court grant him time to do so.

3. This continuance is not sought solely for delay but that justice may be done.

Movant prays that the Court grant the Motion for Continuance.

Respectfully Submitted,


Pro se

Certificate of Service
I certify that a true copy of the above was served on each attorney or party of record.

Pro se

You can see another version of this motion here. Even though it is from Kansas, it still carries the same format, more or less.

The motion is filed with the Court (if you need instructions on how to do so, please tell me what court/county you are in) and then the clerk of the court is called and a date/time is requested for this to be heard; and a copy is sent to the other party along with a cover letter of time/date.

Then the matter is heard on that time/date and the Judge will either grant or deny the continuance.

I hope this helps and clarifies. Best of luck.

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