Show cause requires personal service, your ex must be personally served before the hearing can occur. Generally, orders to show cause are issued by a commissioner on the ex parte docket and last for only fourteen days. If you cannot formally serve your ex in time to notify them of the hearing you must appear on the ex parte docket to have the order to show cause renewed until personal service can be perfected. Just because your ex is aware of the court date does not mean service is perfected....
Collect as much evidence as you can that your ex violated the restraining order by selling community assets. If you can hold him in contempt enough times, the court may impose jail time. You should discuss your case with a local family law attorney to determine your best course of action.
There are several options to remedy the situation you described. First, you should contact Child Protective Services if you feel that your ex husband is placing your children in danger. If you feel that your ex husband is mentally abusing the children, you may want to call the police. If the divorce case is still pending you can file a motion with the court asking to suspend visitation. If the divorce case is finalized, you may petition for a modification of the parenting plan. You situation...
If the opposing party tries to submit any exhibits or call any witnesses you should object. However, you should confer with local counsel familiar with Skagit County court rules to ensure the deadlines have not been met.
The court can impute your income based on historical earnings, even if you are currently unemployed. You will need a good family law advocate to explain to the court the circumstances surrounding your unemployment. Regardless of the circumstances, the court will require you to pay some support if you are not the custodial parent.
Ask your process server to attempt service at places other than her home. Ask the process server to wait outside of her work, outside of the gym, or where she gets her hair done. Find out as much as you can about your ex's daily schedule and try to have her served when she is not expecting it. I suggest hiring a different process server if these options have not already been presented to you.
You may file a motion for modification of child support. The standard you must reach to successfully modify the order is "a substantial change in circumstances." If you have sufficient facts to meet that standard you may be successful in your modification. However, you should consult with a local family law attorney to ensure this standard has been met.
Possibly, it depends on the language of the order of child support and if your change in income meets the standard of "a substantial change in circumstances." You should consult with a local attorney to help make this determination.