order to show cause

Definition of "order to show cause"
  1. A directive issued by a judge requiring a party to appear in court and justify why a proposed action by the opposing side or the judge should not be approved, typically used in cases like divorce proceedings
How to use "order to show cause" in a sentence
  1. In their contentious divorce, John received an order to show cause as to why Lisa should not gain sole custody.
  2. The judge issued an order to show cause to decide the custody disagreement.
  3. Challenged by the opposition, she had to respond to an order to show cause from the judge.

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