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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.