Re: Out-of-State Bench Warrants
Maybe they use different terminology in Michigan. But, to me, a "show cause" hearing means that you had ALREADY failed to show up in court or disobeyed a court order in some other way. They then hold a "show cause" hearing to give you the opportunity to "show cause" why you should not be held in contempt of court. In other words, the court gives you the opportunity to explain that, "I missed court because I was in ICU recovering from a triple by-pass" or something before passing judgment for contempt of court.
So, reading between the lines from your post, it sounds like you and your ex had not paid some fees that the court ordered and the court held a hearing to determine if you should be assessed further penalties. Your ex showed and you didn't. And, your ex either paid his portion of the fees (along with any additional penalties) or simply said, "I gave my half to mom and she was supposed to give it to[fill in agency here]." Since you were not there to refute this claim, the court accepted it...and held you responsible for the full amount owed and issued a warrant to haul your butt before the court to pay it.
Sounds like you now have a choice...either pay the full amount or return to Michigan for another round of hearings to try show that your ex actually owes the money. The money you saved in air fare by skipping court is probably gonna cost you in the long run. Judges take a dim view of, "I moved to California and couldn't afford to come back for court." Especially in family court.
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