There has already been a judgment that has been made against Bridgette's mother, so it isn't necessary to make a default judgment against her.
What you need to do is to seek to enforce the judgment against her through having her wages garnished or otherwise attaching her personal property to satisfy the judgment.
If you were to file suit separately against her, it would be time barred, since the events for this occurred eight years ago. Honestly, I am not sure why you didn't get your money back through court ordered restitution
, as it seems that everyone was caught who was involved in the theft. The judge is likely suspicious since it has been eight years and the original judgment did not state the mother's name.
The judge is correct that a judgment needs to clearly identify someone to be enforceable. However, it seems that if you can provide the name he would possibly reconsider.
What it appears you did was enter a default judgment on something that is not a case. You just subpoenaed her response. In order to get a default judgment you would have to file suit against her directly and then have her not show up for court in order to obtain a default judgment, but again this is unnecessary since you already have a judgment that can be enforced against her.
The judge, however, is incorrect that you'd need a lawyer to do this. You can file in small claims
court for the amount due.
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