Q: My ex just petitioned for child support and our child is 21. I was never served child support papers. What do I do?
A: You are writing from Ohio. If the case has a hearing date and place in Ohio, you need help in Ohio, not California.
First you should have been served with papers. If not, call the office where the child support papers originated and get a copy. You should also have been served with blank forms for you to fill out. Use those forms and follow the instructions. If there are no blank forms, again call up the office where the papers came from and ask for the blank forms that you fill out and send back. File your papers even if they are late. Keep a copy and have someone else, other than you, mail a copy to the other side. that person also needs to fill out a
"Proof of Service" form. Be sure to show up for the hearing. If you are in Ohio and the case is in California, some California court allow you to show up by phone. There is a private company called "Court Call" which you pay and they call the courtroom directly, so you can speak from your phone into the courtroom. This saves a trip to California. They have a fee. Google them and call them and ask if your courtroom uses Court Call.
If you ignore the matter you will lose.
Even if you missed the court date, in some cases there is still something you can do. You need a consultation.
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