Q: I was served a protective order 2 weeks ago. Hearing was today and my ex nor her lawyer appeared. What happens now?
I was served an ex parte protective order two weeks ago from my ex-wife claiming abuse to my two children. She also opened a CPS case and after investigation it was closed with no findings of abuse. Today was the hearing and she nor her lawyer appeared. I was told by the baliff the case was taken off the docket. What happens now? How do I find out what is going on? I do not have a lawyer and can not afford one right this minute.
A: You should hire an attorney right away to determine how to proceed. These types of cases could possibly having you face jail time and contempt of court. Good luck. 888-343-4529.
What happens next depends on whether your ex decides to continue with pursuing the protective order or decides to drop it. If your ex decides to to continue then a new date will be set for a hearing and you should receive notice of the new hearing date.
If you cannot afford a lawyer right now you need to start brainstorming things you can do to gather funds to retain an attorney because you will need one. You need to consider borrowing the money, selling something or doing some side jobs to raise the funds. There are a lot of apps that you can use to make extra money such as Door Dash, Grub Hub, Instacart etc.
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