Our office does not represent either party or the child(ren) in the
A: You are being sued. You have 30 days to file an answer in order to be heard by the court. The
lawsuit alleges that you are the parent of each child named in the
complaint. The lawsuit proposes that you
be required to provide child support and medical support for the child(ren). If you fail to file an answer, the proposed judgment
attached to the complaint will become a final order.
A: Yes. You may enter into a stipulation (agreement) by
contacting our office. The stipulation
must be approved by the court to become a judgment or order. If you come to our office in person to review
whether a stipulation is appropriate, please bring photo identification and
recent pay stubs.
court will enter a default judgment based on the requests in the
complaint. The proposed judgment
attached to the complaint will become the order of the court.
you do not believe you are the father of a child listed on the complaint, you
should file an answer. Once your answer
is filed, a court date will be set. The
court may order genetic testing. If you
fail to file an answer, the court will find that you are the father.
should file an answer to be heard by the court.
You may also provide our office current income information to see
whether a stipulation can be reached.
child support amount is based upon the income and custody/visitation
information we received before filing the Summons and Complaint. Income information is obtained from
Employment Development Department, employer verifications, and other
sources. We also try to contact both parties to obtain
information prior to filing the Summons and Complaint. The income and timeshare information is input
into the guideline calculator (https://www.cse.ca.gov/ChildSupport/cse/guidelineCalculator)
and the presumptively correct amount of child support is determined.
members of the military are entitled to certain protections pursuant to the
Service members Civil Relief Act (SCRA), including appointment of an attorney to
protect their rights under the SCRA. The
attorney does not represent the service member for the merits of the case.