An American woman has lost a lawsuit after failing to appear at a scheduled hearing, resulting in an order requiring her to pay child support for her adopted son, whom she sent back to his native country of Russia.

A Circuit Court Judge granted a motion for default judgment against the woman after she failed to appear in court. In Virginia and many other states, failing to attend a child support hearing typically results in a default judgment and an unfavorable ruling.

The woman sent the 7-year-old boy back to Russia alone, explaining that she did not want him anymore due to his tendency toward violence and intense psychological issues.

While the woman did not face criminal charges, the agency through which she adopted her son sued her for child support in 2010. The agency, known as World Association for Children and Parents filed the claim in Circuit court, but the case was later transferred to Juvenile Court. After the initial lawsuit was dismissed, WACAP re-filed the claim for child support and breach of contract. The woman reportedly failed to respond to the lawsuit.

The woman declined to appear at the proceedings, but hired a court recorder to supply her with a transcript of the hearing. She sent a letter to an official with the court, saying that she was "unable to comply" with the judge's order for her to appear, citing a desire "to safeguard my legal and constitutional rights," among other reasons.

The judge ruled that the woman is responsible for paying child support for the child, also prohibiting her from presenting testimony in her own defense. He explained, "She may have had issues she could have raised, but she has chosen not participate in this process."

An attorney for WACAP said the woman showed "disdain for the rules and order of [the] court," despite being offered a chance to make her case. However, he said he would not file a motion of contempt against the woman, despite his initial intentions.

Source: Shelbyville Times-Gazette, "Hansen must pay: Judge," Brian Mosely, March 8, 2012