I had a child support case a week ago. I didn't find out until last Friday I had court the day before. I called up motor vehicle to find out how to reg my car and I found out I had a warrant. I moved to my new address a few months ago and I personally gave my updated address to the system plus my kids mom knows my address I sent it to her threw e-mail. Now because I didn't go to court last Thursday I got my license suspended and I have a warrant. I never new about the court and if I did I would have gone. Can I go to court and explain my situation so I don't get arrested or will I get arrested because I didn't go to court when I wasn't notified. I do owe 2k in back child support but I'm in welfare and they have me doing programs for work and I have a worksheet but nobody is hiring me.
Based on what you are saying, you have a perfectly rational explanation for why you did not go to court. If there is a warrant for your arrest, you should contact the Court, find out what the Judge wants you to do. You probably have to turn yourself in to the Sheriff. That may result in you being arrested and held. So you will want to do some planning before you do that. And you will want to gather whatever proof you have, that you notified the Court of your new address.
I know you said that you have no money at all. It would still be worth your money to get an attorney to deal with this. You risk being held in jail for some time before you get heard by a Judge.
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You seem to have a reasonable explanation for not having appeared. The dilemma you now have is how you go about explaining that to the judge. I agree you should contact the judge and if you have proof that you changed your address, that will also go a long way to corroborating your story. Your best bet is to contact the judge's assistant, since the purpose of the warrant is to get you to court.
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You should file motion papers to have this addressed. Simultaneously, you should contact the court, probation, etc and double check that they have your proper address on file. Your rationale seems very reasonable as to why you didn't appear, but that does not take away the fact that you have support arrears. If you file motion papers to have the warrant vacated, you may want to make a payment prior to appearing in court to avoid being arrested on the spot.
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