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Can the judge hold you in contempt for missing a court date?: yes. Do not miss a court date. If you need to have it extended, you should request a “motion for continuance” and provide a good reason(s) for why you would like it pushed out further.
You wouldn’t be forced on the stand most likely since what you’re dealing with is likely not a trial. If you feel like something may incriminate you, then you can plead the fifth or use the classic phrase, “I don’t recall.”
You can say that you don’t have an attorney, but that would only be important as a reason to ask for a motion to continue.
The other party can go after whatever assets they feel will set things right, but it’ll be up to you to argue whether that’ll cause undue hardship on you.
The receiver is usually someone appointed by the court, typically a third party, often a law firm or bank, or some other similarly situated organization.
The judge will demand that you pay only if the he or she finds that you should pay at the conclusion of your proceeding. If you don’t pay, then the other party may file a motion to find you in contempt of court and it’s up to the judge to determine whether to provide any additional fines. Also, the other party can sue you for the non-payment, but that would be much further down the line.
Yes, a judgement is just a piece of paper, but it's a very important piece of paper that establishes that one party has a right to seek payment from another. They could potentially go after your assets, but some assets are exempt. I don't think it'd be helpful if I listed each one, but if you click here, Avvo.com has a really great list of what property is exempt and it seems like you have a good understanding of the law and code in this section as well.