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Unfortunately, if they are your witnesses, you have the legal responsibility to have them present and to get them served. So you are going to have to get a more experienced processor to serve them and if you cannot do so then the court will typically not give you more time to do so if they are dodging you, BUT you can ask now for a continuance and explain that the witnesses are dodging service because your ex has given them advance notice and see if the court will give you a few more weeks to serve them and you would need to get your process server to come in to testify.
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It seems that people like you describe are always the first to try to avoid going to court and testifying. You need to consider using a process server who specializes in difficult service and you need to check with the process server you are using when you contact them and let them know the service is going to be difficult because the person is avoiding service, as that changes the tactics they use to serve the person.
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I did not say YOU were avoiding court, perhaps you misunderstood me, please read it again. I said the people you were describing typically try to avoid court.
You need to get a process server who specializes in hard to serve individuals and those who avoid service.
The only way you can make sure they come to court is getting them served and if they are avoiding service, then the process servers have to use different tactics to get them served. Once served you can file a motion in court to treat these witnesses as hostile witnesses (not witnesses willingly cooperating) and the court would likely grant that motion which would allow you to treat them differently by asking them leading questions. However, you need to get them served and if you do not do so and they do not attend that is considered by the court as your responsibility.