My question involves child support in the State of: California, Washington, Arizona.
I have a rather complicated question, and would appreciate any advice. My mother (who has always been fairly poor) became pregnant with me in an affair with a married man of considerable wealth (hundreds of millions of dollars). He told my mom he would not pay child support. He forced her to sign a document stating she would not request child support, saying that if she didn't sign it, he would sue her for custody of me and tie her up in litigation for years trying to get custody of me (with the implication that I would have a terrible life if/when he won). She was afraid of this and agreed to sign the document. When I was older (15-16 years old), I was told this arrangement was illegal. By this time, however, my mom was suffering from severe anxiety problems and panic attacks, and was unable to assist me in any potential lawsuits (I was living with my grandmother by then, because of my mother's problems). I am now 24 years old and graduated from college. I would like to go to law school, but because of the massive debt I owe for my undergraduate degree, that seems impossible. My first question is whether or not he owes my mom or myself any money. My second question is whether or not a lawsuit over any potential money could be conducted without my mother being required to appear in court or be excessively involved in the case (her anxiety makes it difficult for her to even look at paperwork, let alone go to court).
PS: My father has lived in California the entire time, while I was born in Oregon and lived primarily in Arizona (while with my mom) and Washington (while with my grandmother).
Thank you for any help.