You could run into a peculiar situation if you pursue maintenance in Ohio on your California Judgment; the Ohio Court may be compelled to apply California Law on your claim. How long ago was your Judgment? The longer ago it is; the harder it will be to seek the support. Also, does your ex-husband still live in California? If he does, he will be able to object to your enrolling the "Foreign Judgment" in Ohio and could win. California and Ohio Law may be needed to see what they both say about claims that are not specifically granted or denied. As to legal fees and duration; those are issues which should be discussed at a private telephone consultation. These details should not be broadcast over the Internet.
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My thought is California is where you do this. The question I can't answer, though an attorney reviewing the papers could, is whether jurisdiction was properly reserved to allow you in.
If your divorce was awarded in California, you need to talk to a California divorce attorney. Ohio courts have no jurisdiction to grant you anything. Under Ohio law unless the Court reserved jurisdiction on the issue of spousal support, the Court could not consider the issue once the final decree was entered.
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