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I live in State. I have a court date on January 13 at the

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I live in Washington State. I have a court date on January 13 at the Judicial Dist 439th Rockwall County, TX I make 11.00 an hour and cannot afford to fly to TX for a court hearing.
JA: Since laws vary from place to place, what state is this in? And to clarify, can you tell me what paperwork has been filed?
Customer: Texas
JA: Has anything been filed or reported?
Customer: My child is in Texas I live in Washington
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: there is a petition for child support with the state of wa however the mother is making effort to cancel that an sue me privately in TX
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Ely replied 6 months ago.

Hello and welcome to JustAnswer. Please note: This is general information for educational purposes only and is not legal advice. No specific course of action is proposed herein, and no attorney-client relationship or privilege is formed by speaking to an expert on this site. By continuing, you confirm that you understand and agree to these terms.

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.

Sample below:



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)


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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Expert:  Ely replied 6 months ago.

Hello again. This is a courtesy check in to see if you needed anything else in regards ***** ***** question because you never responded or replied positively. I am simply touching base. Let me know. Thanks!