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I am sorry to hear about this situation. You can try to ask the Court to allow you to appear via telephone/video, but it is a long shot and is really up to the Judge. This will have to be set up ahead of time.
MOTION FOR A TELEPHONIC HEARING
TO THE HONORABLE JUDGE OF SAID COURT:
COMES NOW (name), Movant herein, and files this, and brings this Motion for Telephonic Hearing for the hearing on Motion for Protective Order:
1. This matter is set for hearing on ___________
2. Movant/Movant's witnesses is/are unlikely to be able to present at the hearing in person due to: (reason)
3. Movant would be able to be present via telephone on the date and time of the hearing.
4. The Court has inherent power to grant said request.
WHEREFORE, PREMISES CONSIDERED, Respondent, Movant herein, requests this Court to grant this Motion for Telephonic Hearing and that the Court allow (name) to appear via telephone on (date), and for such other and further relief that may be awarded at law or in equity.
[certificate of service]
(New page - proposed order)
ORDER GRANTING MOTION FOR TELEPHONIC HEARING
On , the Court considered Movant’s Motion for Telephonic Hearing, and after reviewing the evidence and hearing the arguments, the Court finds that the Motion should be
SIGNED on , 2017
This has to be sent to the Court, and the other party. The Judge normally reviews such a motion in chambers (meaning without a hearing), although you can confirm this with the clerk by calling shortly after or before filing.
NOTE that the presumption should be that the motion would be denied. So this is not a guarantee, just an attempt.
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