What Will Happen if I Don’t Go to Court?


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.

Failing to show up for court is not a solution. If you have an issue in a family law matter, please call us so we can assist you. Click or Call 610-892-3877

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About Alicia Fastman

Alicia Fastman graduated from Hofstra University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, then went on to complete her Juris Doctorate at the Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, DE. Alicia graduated from law school with pro bono distinction, completed a Certificate in Criminal Law, and focused her intensive studies within the fields of litigation and trial advocacy. Alicia joined LaMonaca Law in April of 2011 and is a Partner at the firm. She was selected as a Top Lawyer in Main Line Magazine in 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2019 in the areas of Family Law and Divorce and has been named as a Best Lawyer in the areas of Adoption and Trial in the Delaware County Daily Times. Alicia is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, and is a member of the Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and Delaware County Bar Associations. Alicia resides in Delaware County with her dog, Leonard. In her time outside of the courtroom or office, she enjoys creating art, listening to podcasts, and spending time with friends and family.