What happens if you have a court date for family court but can't get there because you live in another state? 14 Answers as of May 02, 2014

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Fran Brochstein
Fran Brochstein | Fran Brochstein
If you do not appear then the only person testifying is the other party. They can (and often do) say all sorts of things ? exaggerate your income, say that you have a criminal record, etc. I would strongly encourage you to hire a family law attorney in the county where the case is pending. Otherwise, you won't be able to participate in this litigation.
Answer Applies to: Texas
Replied: 5/2/2014
Law Office of Linda K. Frieder
Law Office of Linda K. Frieder | Linda K. Frieder, Esq.
Try to set up a telephonic hearing or change the court date.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 5/2/2014
James M. Chandler | James M. Chandler
You can request a telephone conference call to the court.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 5/2/2014
C Page Hamrick Attorney at Law | C Page Hamrick
FOR WEST VIRGINIA ONLY: You may call the Judge's Clerk and ask to be present by telephone conference; some times you may and some times you cannot.
Answer Applies to: West Virginia
Replied: 5/2/2014
Law Offices of Lauren H. Kane | Lauren H. Kane
You could be held in contempt. You should ask for permission to participate by telephone.
Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
Replied: 5/2/2014
    Family Law & Mediation Services, LLC | Carol Jean Romine
    You need to call the court right away and then file a Motion to Continue Hearing. Failure to do that could result in a bench warrant being issued against you for failure to appear.
    Answer Applies to: Indiana
    Replied: 5/2/2014
    Elizabeth Jones, A Professional Corporation
    Elizabeth Jones, A Professional Corporation | Elizabeth Jones
    Call the court ahead of time and ask if you can appear by telephone or Court Call.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/2/2014
    John Russo | John Russo
    Depends on what it is for, and who filed the petition, but the short answer is, that you could be defaulted for failure to appear, or the matter could simply just pass, i.e. be dismissed, if it is a child support matter then a body attachment could be issued for you,the matter could be continued to another date, etc. So as you can see without more detail there are a number of possibilities.
    Answer Applies to: Rhode Island
    Replied: 5/2/2014
    John Ceci PLLC
    John Ceci PLLC | John Ceci
    Most courts are open to allowing people to appear by phone. When dealing with people in prison many times the incarcerated person appears by video so alternative means of appearing can be done, though in person is always preferred. I assume that by asking this question in this forum you do not have an attorney. If that is correct then you should call the court clerk now and ask them about the possibility of appearing by telephone.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 5/2/2014
    Grace Law Offices of John F Geraghty Jr.
    Grace Law Offices of John F Geraghty Jr. | John F. Geraghty, Jr.
    You lose by default.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 5/2/2014
    Law Offices of Arlene D. Kock
    Law Offices of Arlene D. Kock | Arlene D. Kock
    You need to contact the court and the other side to see if it's possible to set up a court appearance by court call. If you fail to appear, the court will proceed by way of default.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/2/2014
    Home Town Law, P.A.
    Home Town Law, P.A. | Sabina Tomshinsky
    You may want to file a motion for telephonic appearance and ask opposing counsel if they oppose such telephonic appearance.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 5/2/2014
    Petit & Dommershausen SC
    Petit & Dommershausen SC | Tajara Dommershausen
    Call the court and find out the procedure for appearing by phone.
    Answer Applies to: Wisconsin
    Replied: 5/2/2014
    David A. Browde, P.C.
    David A. Browde, P.C. | David Browde
    Depending upon the court and the nature of the hearing you may be able to appear by telephone - or you just hire a lawyer in that county in which the case is being heard.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 5/2/2014
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