Do I Have To Appear In Person At Court Hearings?

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By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

When you are in divorce proceedings in Palm Beach County, Florida, there are some circumstances when you do not have to actually be present in the courtroom for a court hearing.

In routine procedural motion hearings, where lawyers debate procedural issues such as disclosure deadlines, specific documents to be disclosed, deposition scheduling, compelling mediation, and other procedural issues, the parties need not be present in the courtroom at these hearings because there will be no testimony or evidence taken.  These hearings are just arguable by the attorneys who advocate for your position.  The judge makes a ruling.

For other types of hearings, where evidence and testimony will be taken by the judge, depending upon what the subject matter at issue is, you MAY be able to be present by telephone.  This is called a telephonic appearance.  However, you have to get permission…

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