I would like to know what the penalty is for commiting fraud by supposedly serving someone with court documents when that person is actually out of the country and can prove that they were out of the country when the court documents were supposedly served. And as the person who was supposedly served, what steps do i need to take to make sure that the people involved are prosecuted. I have never been in court and Im very unfamiliar with court processes, I am representing myself and need to know what exactly i need to do before my next court date, which is next week. Please help!I was away for 2 months, the other party knew I was gone and filed so i would not have sufficient time to respond, and the consequences of his actions could cost me my kids, he filed for custody claiming he didnt know i was gone even though he took me to the airport and kept in contact with me the entire time i was gone. I went to family court and had an court date set the very next day. I proved to the judge i was not in the country with my passport. He then vacated his original court order custody to the father because he obtained them by fraud, he awarded me full custody temporarily. I need to know what steps to take, to make sure these people are prosecuted for what they did. I am representing myself, I have typed up a response to the original letter he wrote to the judge, I understand that i need to go file this letter with the clerk and the appropriate forms. I need to know what else i need to prepare for my mediation and court date which is next week.