I am seeking a divorce. After investing all of my assets, money, etc. into our business, he has cut me off from funds, the business, everything. He is trying to coerce me into either coming back or signing a form that agrees to his greedy stipulations. I refused both. While I was there packing on Monday, I was served divorce papers - and ordered to appear this Friday at 1:30pm. I called courthouse this morning and asked how to file an extension but they told me they weren't allowed to give me legal advice. I need extra time to find counsel - so how do I file for an extension? The court is located in Navarro county; however, I now reside in Tarrant county.
Retain an attorney to file a Motion for continuance. Usually by agreement, your attorney may be able to accomplish this task by a telephone call. If you do appear in court ask the judge for additional time to retain an attorney.
Under less severe circumstances, I would say that you could go to the county law library and file your own motion for continuance to obtain time to hire an attorney, but not here. YOU NEED AN ATTORNEY. As previously stated, you should have an attorney to file a motion for a continuance, as well as to protect you and your interests.
As so pointed out, you should hire an attorney to represent you in filing a Motion for Continuance. Representing yourself is of course, possible but in a matter such as this while there is so much at stake, it is best to be represented by somehow who is familiar with the laws and court system.
If you need more time to hire an attorney, first file an answer and a motion for continuance.
You can find both forms on texaslawhelp.org. You can file it in person or mail two copies of each document and a stamped envelope to the district clerk's office. Also make sure that you fax or mail certified a copy to his attorney ( the address should be on the papers you were served with.)
Once you have done this, make sure that you show up in court on Friday at 1:30. When the judge calls your case, he or she will ask if you are ready to proceed with the hearing. Tell the judge you are not ready, that you filed a motion for continuance because you need more time to hire an attorney. His lawyer will probably object, but the judge will grant you an extension, usually somewhere between two and four weeks, depending on the circumstances of the case. At that point you should definitely retain an attorney.
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