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What if I Can’t Attend the Court Hearing on the Date That it is Set?

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If you can’t make the court hearing on the date that it is set, you may be able to ask the court to reschedule the hearing. This is called a “continuance.” Opens new window  You must have a very good reason in order for the court to grant your request.

A request for continuance should be made at the earliest possible time, but no later than 5 calendar days before the hearing date.  When asking for a continuance:

  • You must ask your spouse or partner for the continuance.  If he or she refuses, you have to file what is called an “ex parte motion” Opens new window to request the court to give you a continuance.
  • If continuances are requested later than the one and one-half day cutoff, then the request must be made in person on the scheduled court date.
  • Normally, no more than three continuances will be granted. 

 


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