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what can i do if i didnt show up for my child support cour

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what can i do if i didnt show up for my child support court?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  Ely replied 6 years ago.
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This depends - what was the reason that you did not show up?
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
well i didnt have tthe money thhat they were asking me for, and i didnt want it to go to jail i have a son of 4 months that depends on me. but i know that i have done wrong on doing this and i need to know what to do next.
Expert:  Ely replied 6 years ago.
Not showing up is the last thing you want to do. If you show up, you can at least explain that you are not paying not because you do not want to, but because you cannot. While you may be held in contempt, jail is the last resort unless the Court feels that you have been lying, disrespecting the Judge, or hiding money and not paying while having the ability to do so. Usually, the Judge will work out a fast-track payment schedule - as long as you try, the Court will not jail you.

It is nine in the morning at the moment. I would call the Court and tell them that you are coming, and go. While the Court will not be happy that you are late, it is better than not showing up at all, where the other side will get an automatic judgment against you.

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Customer: replied 6 years ago.

ok i understand and thank you, XXXXX XXXXX would happen if i dont go not because i dnt want to but because i cant make it on time, i live about 45m from down town and i still have to get ready. i need to know what i can do next/

Expert:  Ely replied 6 years ago.
If you do not go, you have the option of:

1 - not doing anything, be held in contempt, and hopefully the Court will not file a warrant against you for jail.

2 - you can file a Motion for Reconsideration later and request that the matter be revisited, but the Court will want to know a good reason why you skipped the hearing.

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Customer: replied 6 years ago.

Eli thank you for your help. do you think i need to hire a lawyer?

Expert:  Ely replied 6 years ago.
Hello friend,

Yes, I really do. And do not worry, the Court is not allowed to consider you hiring an attorney as evidence of ability to pay.

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