Family Law Questions? Ask a Family Lawyer Online.
You need to contact the court administrator for the court your case is in in Arkansas and tell her/him that you want to request a continuance.
You're going to have to file a form, which the court clerk should have. You can fill out teh form and mail it to the court from Texas.
will the form be mailed to me? or can i pick up a copy here in texas? what about my time crunch? it says i have 31 days to file my answer, i recieved the papers aroud april 2
You should be able to get it online, or have them email/fax a copy to you. You better get it done today!
If nothing else, just type up a simple "Motion for Extension", and just do a one line sentence that says:
Comes now the Defendant ___________________ (your name) and requests a 30 day extension of time to respond to the complaint filed against him.
Fax this to the court clerk today.
Fax a copy to the court clerk and the other party. Put the original in the mail to the court clerk.
This will prevent a default judgment from being filed against you. The court should award the extension. Even if the court doesn't, you're entitled to at least a 3 day notice before a judgment is entered against you. That would give you enough time to get to Arkansas to defend the matter.
DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.
The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).