I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today. I'm sorry to hear about your situation.
Because you were just served with the notice last night, there is a good chance the continuance will be granted. It may help to bring evidence of your trip with you, including a boarding pass, receipts for any plane fare, gas receipts, rental car, hotel - whatever you can get. Even if it's just showing that you made purchases on your debit card at a fast food place out of state, evidence that you not in town helps with your request.
You can also request a continuance on the divorce petition, and that will likely be granted - but the first hearing in a divorce case is usually just a status conference. The parties go in, tell the judge if they think they'll be able to reach a settlement or if they need discovery from the other party. Then the judge either orders another status conference or sets a trial date.
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