Divorce, custody and support are legal matters which are subject to certain notice requirements and deadlines. If you miss a deadline, fail to appear at a court conference/proceeding or otherwise fail to participate fully in your case, an adverse decision could be entered against you.
In a recent case addressed by the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, a Father appealed from an Order of child and spousal support entered against him in Bucks County, attempting to complain to the Appellate Court that he had not received notice of the hearing and therefore should get a “do-over” on the support calculations. However, the court found Father had received sufficient notice and the support Order was affirmed.
Notably, court notices are mailed out using old fashioned United States Mail. Make sure that your address with the court and your attorney is accurate, that you check your mailbox daily and, if you have ongoing litigation, that you occasionally check in with the court to make sure a notice did not slip by.
If you would like to read the case, in which the Superior Court was not impressed by Father’s protests of not having notice, you can click here. The case originated in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Notably, this opinion was authored by Justice Gantman, who spent many years as a family law practitioner before being elected to Superior Court.