Father filed a petition to establish legal decision-making, parenting time, and child support. He requested joint legal decision-making and parenting time according to a schedule that designated Father as the child’s primary residential parent. Approximately a month later, Mother filed a response where she requested joint legal decision-making and parenting time according to a schedule that designed her as the child’s primary residential parent.
About two months after she filed her response, Mother failed to appear at the early resolution conference. The family court found that Mother was properly notified and assessed a “no-show fee” against her. The court set another preliminary hearing and again Mother failed to appear. The court set trial and Mother failed to appear for a third time. Just like the previous two instances, the court found Mother was properly notified and proceeded in Mother’s absence. It awarded joint legal decision-making, designated Father as the primary residential parent, and ordered Mother to pay Father $106 per month in child support.
Mother appealed and asked to vacate the family court orders because she no longer lived at the address where the family court sent all of its notices. Because Mother conceded that she failed to update her current address and that she made no effort to monitor the status of her case for more than eight months, the Court of Appeals affirmed the family court’s decision to proceed without Mother and the orders it entered.
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