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You really can't prevent her from using the court system as baseless as the claim may be, But I have some questions:
1. when is the theft supposed to have taken place?
2. what state is the suit in?
3. Do you live in the same state as she does?
4. How were you served with the legal papers?
If the summons requests an answer, we can discuss further but I don't think CA requires one. Just appear on the 15th. She will have to prove her case. Since there wasn't a theft, I suspect you have no documentation to disprove it. You do know the date it was supposed to have happened. On the 15th, tell the court that you need a postponement of trial and that you need to know the details of the alleged theft so you can prepare a defense. Ask the judge to order your daughter to provide those details before the next court date.
Ask for the extension when you appear in court but bring your husband and children just in case the trial proceeds on that date, which I doubt. BUT TO AVOID THE CHILDREN HAVING TO COME TO COURT TWICE, I suggest you call the court Monday and ask their procedures....ie do they have all trials on the first appearance date.
Accept answers as you see fit...No rule on that
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