wife has an attorney and has filed for separation,do i need an attorney with me on first hearing?

my wife has an attorney has filed for legal separation home in her
name,request was denied hearing set for july 5,2016. do i need an attorney with
me on the first hearing ?

Asked on June 27, 2016 under Family Law, Ohio


S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Ordinarily if your wife has an attorney, it would be advisable for you to have an attorney as you would be at a disadvantage representing yourself. However, since your wife is not going through with the separation, you don't need an attorney. The matter should be taken off calendar (hearing canceled) without a court appearance by either party.
A request for dismissal can be filed with the court.
If the dismissal is without prejudice, it means the case can't be reinstated.
If the dismissal is with prejudice, it means the case can be reinstated. See the choices on the request for dismissal court form.

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