What Will Happen if I Don’t Go to Court?
If you are scheduled to appear in court in any family law matter, it is important that you ensure that you are present at the hearing. You may not agree that the hearing is necessary, you may not want the proceedings to go forward, or maybe you aren’t available on that date; however, it is imperative that you take the appropriate steps to postpone the hearing if necessary and to be present for any scheduled court appearance.
If you do not appear for court when you are scheduled to do so, there may be significant consequences. The judge can enter a bench warrant for your arrest, the other party’s requests could be granted without your having the opportunity to voice your position or objection, or if the hearing was scheduled because you filed a petition, your petition could be dismissed without being heard by the judge.
Not appearing in court for your divorce, custody, or support case can only hurt you. If you have been scheduled for a hearing and you do not want to attend, don’t think that it is necessary, or have some other reason why you cannot be present, it is important to take appropriate steps to ensure that the scheduled listing is continued to a later date or otherwise resolved.