I am sorry you are going through this, please sit down with a local attny and go over your options especially given your history of being abused, you really need to make a plan, take care.
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A lawyer may appear in court and continue the case without so you don't have to change your travel plans. However, you may want to return at the continued hearing to testify to increase your chances of beating the Restraining Order. A lawyer can proceed at the first court date and have the hearing without you but you run a significant chance of the judge discounting your declaration over live testimony.
Sounds like you need to meet with an attorney and discuss your history of domestic violence. It is not clear what you ex is bringing you to court for. Is he claiming he is the victim of domestic violence? is he also requesting custody or visitation of the minor?
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You are entitled to onecontinuance as a matter of right, and I agree with Mr. Liss that you should be present, to have a local attorney review the fatual predicate for your opponent's claims AND to review your past victimization and put together a proper defense. This is among the most highly abused of legal processes we have, probably because it is free and I think the framers of the Act had not envisioned it would end up being used as a sword (or hammer) far more than as the shield it was intended to be.
Definitely have someone present, and you should call the court, explain your situation, and request a telephonic appearance and that you will be requesting a continuance to procure private counsel. Our firm defends these and has a 100% win ratio. Our cost is more than $500.00, however.
Very best regrds,