I have an existing paternity case in which I am the respondent. There has been no final hearing or judgement in this case to date. The petitioner has been in and out of jail for the past year, and I had to move out of state due to an emergency situation. There have been several denials on an ex parte petition, and two amended petitions past that. I have not been served, but I did get an email notification that a hearing has been set for January 14, 2020. Is that email a legitimate means of service? Just by that email alone, do I have to appear? I do not have the means to go back to FL right now due to finances and the fact that I just started a new job. I should note that there is no order in place stating custody, visitation, or jurisdiction.
You have to be careful here based on all the factors involved. Proper service is at the address that you have on file with the court. If you moved out of state, but did not update that address with the court, then there could be issues where you have been served, and you could lose by default. Additionally, moving out of state during the pending case with out court permission, could subject you to contempt charges. You really need to find a way to hire a family law attorney to represent your interests here. Even if it is just to get the case dismissed.
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