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Hello, how are you tonight? I will answer the questions int he order that you have posed them.
I live in NH, so flying to TX, renting a car, etc. would be quite expensive. Is there any way I can avoid making this trip?
In order to set this arrangement up you will have to contact the court to arrange to attend the hearing via telephone or by teleconference in a medium such as skype or other technology. Some courts allow for this, and others do not, but it is very possible that you would be able to at the least, attend the hearing by telephone.
. Is possible to refuse to provider them the documents they want?
You can definitely refuse to provide documents, but you will h ave to "object" to the production of those documents in your responses and list reasons why you believe they are not entitled to them, or
Generally, you can object to the production of those documents on the basis of it being irrelevant, burdensome, or the request is vague.
If the OAG believes they are entitled to the documents they can seek to file a motion to compel you to produce those documents, and if the court grants the motion, then you will have to produce the documents.
Do I still have to go to court if I mail them the answer?
Which answer are you referring to? The answer to the requests?
Does it matter that I never received the Notice of Hearing?
That absolutely matters, you should either inform the clerk's office of another address that is your new address, or inform the prosecutor/OAG attorney assigned to your case.
hi, by answer I mean the production of documents
Generally in court on these types of matters, you can work out a deal that allows you to pay a bit over the ordered child support that will be applied to the arrearage. This allows for you to stay current on child support going forward, as well as, pay toward the arrears that accumulated. The OAG being a state agency, all they necessarily care about is the collection of the owed child support.
in July, there will be no new child support as my son is 18 and will be out of school, so it will only be the past child support
You will need to be prepared to show the payments you have made since you have returned, as well as show the reason that you in fact did fall behind. If you can show the court that you were taking care of your ailing parents, then you may be cut some slack on the repayment time, or any other remedy that is suitable to your situation.
I understand, I apologize.
I am sorry, I may have missed your answer to my first question - do I absolutely have to fly to TX?
No you do not, but you will have to arrange with the court to attend the hearing by telephone, or by teleconference.
Which depending on the courts technology, sometimes your abilities are limited.
how do I do it&
I mean do I call the court clerks office?
and make arrangements?
Yes, and ask to arrange such a setup or to speak to the judges assistant to arrange it.
Do you have any other questions, does that answer your questions?
ok, you answered my questions, thank you
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