Had a dependency case opened at the time. Biological father had daughter. The dependency Attny for the father filed a Fam Law case prior to the dependency closing. I was served paper during dependency case, court appointed Attny advised do not respond dependency supersedes family law and that the court would see dependency case was still open and the case would be dismissed. This of course was not the case and he filed default on me (03/05/2015) while dependency case was still open and the court awarded him custody and child support 05/04/2015. I did not know of this because I was under the impression that we were following the dependency court order which was for me to have weekend visitations case closed on 4/28/2015. He stopped bringing my daughter on 03/04/2016 while caused me to file petition for custody and was notified of everything above. I filed the petition and now im filing a blank motion making the judge aware of everything.
You need an attorney more than you realize. You were defaulted because you ddn't know what you were doing. You're only going to dig a deeper hole. Use Avvo to find a local family law attorney and let them handle the case and follow their advice. If you insist on being totally involved and call the attorney's office 3 or 4 times a week you'll find that your retainer is used up answering phone calls, yours. Good luck to you.
As a practical matter, it is HIGHLY unlikely that the dependency lawyer will agree that they ADVISED you not file a response to the family case. As such you will now need to hire a lawyer to represent you to address this in proper fashion BEFORE this gets further out of control.
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