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What should I do if I get a Summons and Complaint?

When it comes to legal battles in child support cases in California, following the rules as precisely as possible is necessary to avoid conflict and negative consequences. Sometimes, part of the difficulty in adhering to court standards is knowing exactly what those are. If you have received a Summons and Complaint, there are several things you should do in order to ensure you fully comply and complete any requirements.

 

According to the California Department of Child Support Services, it is important that you realize there is a strict time limit for handling this matter. Your answer form needs to be filed within 30 days in order to be considered valid.

 

If you do not complete this in the allotted time period, it will be more difficult to fight any incorrectly estimated payment amounts. While this can be taken care of simply with an answer form, failing to submit it within 30 days means you will need to take further steps and request the court’s approval to challenge this matter.

 

If you feel that there have been any mistakes made, do not simply ignore the Summons because you believe it is incorrect. You still need to submit an answer, but can detail your opinion therein. You can request a review of your payment records and detail the errors for the court. Both you and your ex-spouse are able to view all records of any payments made. This information is intended for your education and should not be taken as legal advice.

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