It is not a valid excuse, and it depends on the state, the court, the judge, and BF's lawyer. FYI, courts don't like to deprive citizens of property or liberty, with out due process of law. Don't be surprised if the ex BF gets a second bite at the apple.
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Normally the answer is no however I believe it is up to the judge to decide if it is fair or not to give him a chance at a hearing.Ask a similar question
I guess I am in the minority here. I say an emphatic NO. If "I forgot my court date" is the grounds he put in his pleading, he will not get another chance. This is not an issue involving children or even property. I am presuming your wife filed a civil complaint for protection from abuse against this individual. The Judge has 30 or 40 of these complaints in front of him every Friday morning in District Court. He does not get another bite at the apple.Ask a similar question