Most likely not. As Attorney Mashal indicates, there is not sufficient information in your hypothetical question to give you a response.
Every type claim has a statute of limitations. Most statute of limitations in California are four years or less. There are only a few claims with statutes of limitations of 10 years, and there is even a statute of limitations of 60 years for a type of real estate claim.
So most likely, your claim would be time barred. However, in certain rare instances such as if the person is out of the State of Califofrnia, the statute of limitations is tolled (extended).
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I am not clear based on your description what this person has done, and what causes of action you wish to assert against this person. Every cause of action has a time limit, commonly referred to as a "statue of limitation." Although most cause of action have time limits that are far shorter than 10 years, under some rare circumstances the time limit may be "tolled." Be sure to consult your own attorney to protect your legal rights.
I agree with the other attorney's answers. However, because you asked your question in the "family law" section of Avvo, perhaps your issue involves some fact or circumstance that could be a post-judgment matter for a family law case? If so, then perhaps no "statute of limitations" applies.
It's hard to know what the problem or issue is, and whether a statute of limitations applies, without you providing more facts. For instance, when you say "sue," does that mean you want to change an order that was established as part of a prior family law action? If so, there is no statute of limitations to modify custody, child support, or visitation, assuming the child is still a minor or in high school, or has certain permanent disabilities. There are other types of orders from a prior divorce that can also be modified after judgment, which are not subject to any statute of limitations, all of which can't be properly detailed here.
One can only speculate as to your problem without you providing more info. Again, best to hire a local lawyer for at least an initial consult.
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