As the search continues surrounding the May 24 disappearance of Jennifer Dulos, the investigation remains centered around the mother of five's estranged husband, Fotis Dulos.

At this time, both he and his one-time girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, have been charged with two counts of tampering with evidence and hindering prosecution. 

According to the Stamford Advocate, Fotis briefly returned to court on Wednesday. This time, he was not accompanied by Norm Pattis, who has been serving as his legal representation for months. Instead, Chris La Tronica, who recently joined his defense team, was present. At the pretrial hearing, La Tronica requested a continuance, which was granted. The case has now been continued to Jan. 7.

Following the brief appearance, Fotis spoke to the media outside of court, saying, "The only thing I have to say, again for one more time, is that my only concern are my children," he said, adding, "I care deeply about them and I can't wait to be with them again."

Prior to the hearing, the Stamford Advocate additionally reported that Pattis had argued on Monday that the defense had not received the majority of the evidence that had been gathered regarding Jennifer's disappearance. "We received nothing from her house in New Canaan and are still waiting on a lot of the forensic evidence," Pattis told the court. At this time, search warrants also continue to be sealed.

Additionally, this week a Hartford Superior Court judge also ruled that Jennifer's mom, Gloria Farber, does not need to know how Fotis' criminal defense attorney Norm Pattis is being paid. Farber's attorney, Richard Weinstein, had previously argued that the judge reconsider his prior ruling and stated that they believed Fotis had been funneling money.

However, the second attempt at gaining the financial records was denied due to the fact that the judge did not believe the information could lead to information regarding Jennifer's whereabouts. 

At this time, both Fotis and Michelle Troconis have pleaded not guilty to all charges. 

Police Car In this photo, police cars sit on Main Street in Dallas, Texas, on July 7, 2016. Photo: Laura Buckman/AFP/Getty Images