A court can only hear a case that is “ripe”
Got a call today from a guy that works right next to one of my offices. Small world. He wanted to file a motion for emancipation now for a child that is graduating in December. That is rarely a good idea since anything can happen between now and then. Thus, I advised him to call me back in October because his motion needs to be “ripe” or ready to be heard. However, that doesn’t mean that I file a motion after graduation. Instead, I try to time it so that it will be heard within a week or two after graduation.