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Did you serve a copy on your husband? Does your husband have an attorney?
I did serve my answer to husband's attorney, to husband, and also filed it in court. My husband hired an attorney to get all this started and remains in close consultation with him.
Did you serve a copy of the motion for continuance on your husband's attorney? Your letter will likely be construed as a motion for continuance?
In other words, do they know you are going to be asking for a continuance?
I included request for continuance in my answer to complaint, which was served 10 days ago. Neither the attorney nor the court has indicated they are or are nor okay with this request. I plan to take a second letter asking for continuance to court tomorrow.
If you immediately requested it and explained your reasons, you've done the right thing. At the hearing, you don't need to file another letter, but you should orally re-urge your motion and clearly explain that you are in the process of hiring your attorney.
You should explain to the judge that you do not wish to proceed pro se (without a lawyer).
My reasons have changed. In initial answer to complaint, I asked for a continuance to try to work out differences with husband and resolve our problems to avoid divorce. In second letter ai wrote tonight, zi am more emphasizing realization that I need a lawyer there.
OK. That should not make a difference. In reality, judges normally would rather a litigant have an attorney. It makes the process smoother.
So, it sounds like you think I have done okay. I do not want to waste court's time. I will get my lawyer on board. Thank you. You are helping me get ready to at least begin to rest.
You've done exactly what any attorney would have done.
Thank you so much. Sounds like tomorrow should go okay. Bless you.
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Okay. Will do. Thanks again.
Good luck tomorrow!
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