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Need to change next court date as it clashes with chilld's High School Orientation Day

Hi

My next court date for a mention is early December (for change of orders as a second part to a dismissed contravention application). I have just discovered it is the same day as my son's High School Orientation Day at which parents are expected to attend.  Naturally I want to attend with my son and so I want to get the date changed of the court appearance.

I have written three times to my ex asking him to agree to a change of date and he has ignored the 3 requests.  I am planning to write to the FM's Associate to request the change of date, send in the document proving the date of the High School Orientation and note that I have asked the father to agree three times with no response.

I have already contacted the Associate in the past about another matter and a response was received. I understand I have to also send a copy of my correspondence to the Associate to my ex.  To complicate matters he recently dismissed his lawyers and is now self representing too.  He has lodged an  address for service with the court but I have not received a copy - so I don't know what address I should send it to (I have his email address).

My question is if there is a better way to request a change of date if the other party will not agree to the request?  If I do write to the Associate do you have any advise or tips/hints what to write.

Thanking you in advance for your help.

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.
Writing to the associate is the way to go, just include the evidence that backs up your claim. The letter just needs to be polite and on point. Include your phone number in case they want to call you for a chat!

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Thanks Montiverdi.  I am just unsure how much to put in the letter about why there would be no disadvantage in delaying the date or whether to keep  it really short and to the point.  I expect that is my call as this has been a long complicated (aren't they all!) matter and too hard and long to explain here.

I did receive a text yesterday refusing to change to the date so I will include that in my evidence.

Thanks again

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.
My partner had to write to a federal magistrates associate to get a court date changed. We kept it short, respectful and straight to the point. As long as you provide proof of why you need to change it, all should be good. We didn't put any arguments in the letter about advantages/ disadvantages. Pretty sure the associate just looked at the reason behind asking for the change. 
Thanks Frenzy.  Will take note of both bits of advise and keep it short and sweet

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.
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