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My ex wife served me with petition to modify child custody

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My ex wife served me with petition to modify child custody in June. However, it was to the wrong court district. That court told her to resubmit to the proper district which she did sometime in July, but did not serve me with petition filed with the correct court. I finally received proposed order from her filed with the correct court, in late Sept, mere days before the court entered a default judgement to change custody, since I hadn't responded to the petition I knew nothing about. Ex used delivery confirmation from me for first petition to wrong court as proof to the correct court that I had been served. I am planning on filing a motion to set aside the default judgement tomorrow since I was unaware she had filed with the correct court. Chances?
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I am sorry for your situation.

The following distinction is very important:

Did she file a new case in the correct court, or, did she simply transfer her case from the incorrect court into the new court?

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Customer: replied 2 years ago.

She took her entire petition package, readdressed it and sent to the correct court district here in Utah. I have no idea if it is identical to the first one I was sent, because I was never served with a copy of the petition she filed with the correct district. She lied to the court by providing them my delivery confirmation for the first, incorrectly filed petition.

Thank you, J.

Okay, I am going to assume for the duration of this matter that she simply filed a new pleading in the correct court.

Chances are very good provided that you can show that you WERE NEVER SERVED with the new petition filed in the new case. In fact, not only that, but someone in your situation may wish to add within one's Motion to Set Aside Default Judgement under Utah's Rule 11 - see here.

She lied to the Court. This is a very serious matter and the Judge is likely going to bite her head off here.

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