During an inquest the court takes testimony regarding the reasons why the case needs to be decided in favor of one side of the other. This is a situation when your attorney should prepare you to give testify in order for the court to have cause to rule in your favor.
Ask your attorney directly what you need to do and how you need to prepare.
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Thats where you give testimony on the allegations contained in your petition to support why you should receive the relief you request. However, if the other parent does not show up at trial, you should prevail based on her default.