I practice in Fresno and right now you are set for a short cause hearing. If your ex , or you wants to pursue the matter as a contested hearing you will be given another court date. At the contested hearing he can bring witnesses but he will have to give you a witness list and a short synopsis of what each witness will be testifying to. In most cases the witness list is produced 10 days before the contested hearing.
Contact an attorney in your area to assist you as there are several rules, at contested hearings, lay persons often don't know or understand . Many attorneys, such as myself, in Fresno offer free consultations.
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yes he can. You can object but the court will likely just grant you a continuance to prepare for the witnesses.
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Dont know about how calendars run in Fresno, but in some courts they will go thru the calendar getting time estimates to hear the case. When the estimate is long perhaps more than 1/2 hr total, the court will send the case to another trial dept if one is available. If one isnt, then the court may continue the hearing to another date entirely. The judge could hear the case possibly that day and may encourage the ex to shorten his presentation, like no witnesses.
yes they can it is up to the judge whether to allow the witness, you can object and try to show prejuduce, if the judge allows, then ask for time to prepare for the cross-exam of the new witnesses.
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Yes, he can call witnesses.
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