In most instances you are allowed one or two continuances for good reason, many times you have to file a motion with the court, however calling is a fine idea to start the process, you should be ok. However, if your motion is denied you should seriously consider hiring a local attny by a new attny filing his or her appearance the court will most likely grant the continuance for that reason. It is also a very good idea to have an attny, take care and hope things work out.
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In St. Louis county, the parties are usually required to attend settlement conferences. This is always true if the party is acting pro se. You should call the opposing attorney and ask if they will consent to a continuance. You could also call the court clerk of the judge that your case was assigned to and ask for the next available date that you could have the settlement conference, and file a motion for continuance with the court, stating your reasons. If the court denies your continuance, you should hire an attorney to handle your case. There can be serious consequences for not attending a scheduled court hearing.
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