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Hunter Biden must appear in court for child support case, Arkansas judge rules

The case may be headed to a bench trial this summer.

Published: April 25, 2023 10:07am

Updated: April 25, 2023 2:45pm

An Arkansas judge has ordered first son Hunter Biden to appear for all court hearings related to the child support case filed against him by the mother of his 4-year-old child.

"From now on ... I want both of your clients at every hearing I conduct," Independence County Circuit Judge Holly Meyer told attorneys for Biden and the mother, Lunden Roberts, during a virtual hearing Monday, according to media reports.

"I will no longer allow us to excuse clients because it is interfering with the progress of litigation, which is taking way too long to get over simple points." 

Roberts' attorneys on Friday called for the judge to hold Biden in contempt for not complying with the court's orders and answers discovery, which is the process of exchanging information about evidence and witnesses that will be presented at trial.

The judge's decision means Biden must attend a court date scheduled for May 1 in Batesville, which will focus on Roberts' motion to hold President Biden's son in contempt. 

The hearing will also focus on Biden's motion to prevent former Trump administration aide Garrett Ziegler from testifying about the contents of Biden's laptop, which reportedly contains tax records.

A DNA test showed "with near scientific certainty" that Biden fathered Roberts' daughter, Navy Joan Roberts, Meyer said in 2020. 

Biden requested for his child support payments to be readjusted in September. Roberts, a former stripper, asked Meyer in January for her daughter to use the Biden surname, which Hunter Biden objected to.

Meyer scheduled a bench trial in the case for this July.

Madeleine Hubbard is an international correspondent for Just the News. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram.

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