There's a court date but we have no way of contacting my cousin and they never told us what the court date actually was. Can my cousin get in trouble if the papers were never actually served? They never told us what it wasa for but we assume it's an old shild support issue as the last child is 18 now and there's still unpaid monies. My cousing has had a rough couple of years and moved and is just 'getting away' from things for awhile. No one knows exactly where she is and only has limited contact every several months
It is impossible to know what the consequences of your cousin missing a court date could be without knowing the subject matter of what was pending before the court in the first place. If your aunt truthfully told the constable that your cousin did not live with her and that she did not know where the constable could find her, nothing much will happen (assuming it is a child support case) unless they find another way to serve notice of the hearing on your cousin. If the constable cannot serve the papers on your cousin, the papers are normally returned to the district clerk with a notation that they could not be served on your cousin due to an incorrect address.
To add to Barbara's answer, your aunt has no duty to locate your cousin so that she may be served with notice of suit.
If the plaintiff is not able to have your cousin personally served, they may apply to the Court for an order allowing substitute service. This could include leaving the citation at her last known address, or even allow service by publication. Regardless, your aunt and you have no duty to assist in getting your cousin served.
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