Am I required to appear to a noncontested dissolution?

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Am I required to appear to a noncontested dissolution?

My soon to be ex and I filed for divorce
dissolution in Missouri. Recently I’ve been
made a job offer out of state and am unsure if I
should make the effort to stick around, or just
not appear at the court date. Although I’d like
to say I trust her I don’t know the rules as far
as any of this is concerned and with a young
child in the mix I don’t want to jeopardize my
future with him.

Asked on May 10, 2018 under Family Law, Missouri

Answers:

S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

You should appear in court, in case an issue arises, the court may rule against you if you aren't present.
Instead of being physically present in court, you may be able to make a telephone appearance.  Ask the court clerk if you can make a telephone appearance.  This depends on the judge.  If you can make a telephone appearance, inquire which form(s) need to be filed with the court requesting a telephone appearance and the deadline prior to the hearing for filing the appropriate form(s).  If you don't file the required forms for requesting a telephone appearance and/or miss the filing deadline, your request will be denied. 


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