Yes, you can appear by phone. When is the hearing? Another way to do it would be to hire a lawyer and have them either (1) represent you; or (2) specially appear regarding your case and ask for a continuance.
This is tomorrow morning? Call courtcall and see if they can assist you.
Absolutely call the court. Is this an ex parte hearing? That's not a reasonable request IF they know that you reside in Washington and puts you in a difficult situation.
My suggestion: call the courtroom clerk and the calendar clerk first thing in the morning. If you can't get through, call the main courthouse and see if they will be kind enough to have someone notify the judge of your situation.
It could not even be true for all you know. I would absolutely make sure that you appear by phone or get in touch with the court clerk.
Just to be clear, no judge is going to adjudicate custody on an ex parte basis when there's a restraining order against the father in another state. Is he represented by counsel or proceeding in pro per? If he's represented by counsel, call the lawyer. Do you have the cousin's email address? Email the person and indicate that you won't be appearing although you will call the court to appear by phone.Ask a similar question
Telephone the court first thing in the morning (around 8:20). Keep trying until someone answers. Ask to speak with the clerk. Explain to the clerk what happened and that you wold like to appear at the hearing by telephone. They might tell you that you need to appear by "Court Call" (it's a service the court's use). If so, tell them ok, can the judge trail the request to the next morning or the afternoon so you can arrange it. They should work with you. Then first chance you get, hire a local lawyer. Good luck.
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If you received a phone call yesterday afternoon (meaning Saturday) then the other party has not given you proper ex parte notice for the hearing tomorrow (Monday).
He must give you ex parte notice by 10 a.m. the day before the hearing (not including weekends). That means he would have had to call you by Friday at 10 a.m. for an ex parte hearing on Monday morning.
Call the Court Department where your case is being heard and explain to the clerk that you were not given proper ex parte notice. Those are the words you want to use.
If jurisdiction is in Washington, then great--the father has to litigate the case there. But WA may only have emergency jurisdiction so it could issue the protective order.
If the case is in California, then it will be very difficult for you to litigate here since you will have to travel here for court appearances or appear by Court Call. The best option for you is to hire local counsel to make appearances on your behalf. If there is a jurisdictional argument to be made, your attorney will make it for you. Good luck to you.
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I agree, you need to speak with an attorney… I practice in that area. Give me a call. 909-891-0906.
Best of luck to you.
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