What are my consequences for missing court?
If Child Protective Services requires you to have a restraining order and you don't get it the consequences could include removal of your children from your custody.
You need to take this seriously and get back in to court to get that restraining order taken care of now. Call the court clerk and ask what you can do at this point. Let the social worker know what happened and what you are going to do next.
If you have a relative (your mom, your sister etc) who can take your child(ren) - have them ready if the Department says they need to remove them.
If you can afford it - talk to an attorney who handles Juvenile Dependency cases for direction on dealing with CPS.
Contact the court immediately to see what took place at the hearing. I'm sure the order was set aside since you did not show. If it was set aside then you need to file a new one immediately.
Secondly contact CPS (after you obtain a new TRO and court date) and let them know what happened. Most agencies will work with you as long as you communicate with them.
Don't delay on this get it done in the morning.
Note this answer does not constitute legal advice, and should not be relied on. Each situation is fact specific and court specific, and it is not possible to evaluate a legal problem without a comprehensive consultation and review of all the facts and court pleadings filed in the case. This answer does not create an attorney-client relationship
Your temporary restraining order was almost assuredy dissolved when you failed to appear at your hearing to have it made permanent. In order to assure you and any minor children or other family members have protection and receive the benefits of a restraining order, you will need to immediately file a new request for a temporary order, and get a hearing date for it to become a permanent order.
In filing your new paperwork, be sure to highlight any new instances of abuse/violence, as the forms require you to state the most recent instance. Be sure to get the restrained party served at least 5 days before the hearing date (unless the Court allows you more time to accomplish service).
While it is true you need to keep CPS advised of your efforts, be sure to get a temporary order back in place as soon as possible, and make sure you advise them when it is in place. Also make sure you are careful to calendar the court date related to your new request, and do not again miss the court date for any reason. Make all necessary arrangements the day or two before court to make sure you havearranged for transportation that will get you there at the appointed time, and preferably early. If you get to that point and you feel for any reason you can not go forward with the actual hearing that date, then make sure to be prepared to explain the reasons you require a continuance and prepare a request for re-issuance of the temporary restraining order on the required Judicial Council form, so that the temporary order will reissue and you will not for any reason find yourself in this particular predicament again, as you must be able to show to CPS that you are absolutely serious about this and and will be diligent in ensuring there is a protective order in place at all times.
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