Can I get court ordered alimony if my estranged husband continually doesn’t show up for hearings?

I filed for divorce about 6 months ago. My estranged husband is 64 and lives in

FL. I am 67 and live in NH. My grown son with disabilities lives with me. There has been 3 hearings since June and he didnt show up. He requested a phone conference so he wouldnt have to fly here from FL. At the phone hearing he hung up the phone on the Marital Master. All I want from this man is court ordered spousal support for $900 a month for my disabled son and I. I am low income living on Social Security. The next hearing is 17 days. I am sure he won’t show up again. Will the judge grant me the alimony if he doesn’t show up?

Asked on November 13, 2018 under Family Law, New Hampshire

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

We cannot say that the judge will grant alimony at the next hearing, but we can say that the judge has the power to authority to do so. The law does not let a party deprive the other party of relief or recourse simply by not showing up or not participating; if one party doesn't appear or doesn't participate, the court has the power to decide the case without them.


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