Hunter Biden and his sister, Ashley, at the 2021 presidential inauguration (Wikimedia Commons)

Hunter Biden will be back in an Independence County courtroom soon to show why he should not be held in contempt of court in a lingering child support case. President Biden’s son could face up to six months of jail time if things don’t go his way.

Circuit Judge Holly Meyer signed an order Monday requiring Hunter Biden, 53, to appear in person in Batesville at 10 a.m. on July 10. That would be two weeks before the case goes to trial.

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Biden has already appeared at the courthouse once for a May 1 hearing in the case.

The trial, scheduled for July 24 and 25, is to focus on two issues. One is whether Lunden Roberts, the 32-year-old mother of Biden’s daughter, who turns 5 in August, can change her and the child’s surname to Biden unless a settlement is reached beforehand.

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Biden has opposed the name change. He cited a past order, issued at the mother’s request, to keep the child’s identity under seal.

The judge is also expected to address child support paid by Biden. In September, Biden requested a reduction in payments and said there has been “a substantial change” in his financial circumstances, including but not limited to his income since the existing child support order was issued. Roberts has opposed that motion.

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Judge Meyer said Roberts contends Biden has failed to fully answer questions as ordered and wants Biden held in contempt.

If he were found in contempt, the court said it would consider imposing one or more of the following punishments or sanctions:

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-Incarceration for civil contempt until Biden fully answers discovery for up to six months.

-Awarding attorney’s fees and costs to Roberts of up to $20,000.

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-Striking Biden’s motion to modify child support and his response to Roberts’ motion to change the child’s last name. The judge said such an action would be
“consistent with the court’s long-standing ability to refuse to hear
a party when he is in contempt for disobeying its order.”

-Incarceration for criminal contempt for up to six months.

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-A reasonable fine for criminal contempt.

The judge warned Biden that the matter of his “‘ability to pay’ is or may become a critical issue in the contempt proceeding.” She also advised him that he “is subject to an express finding by the court that he has the ability to pay.”

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