Why California Divorce Judgments Are Hard To Get Approved
Hi Tim Blankenship here with divorce661.com. And this video is about why it’s so difficult to get your divorce judgment approved through the courts. So normally when you do your divorce paperwork, you do your summons petition, your disclosures, all your paperwork, 1st when you go to court and you file those documents, the courts take your money, they file your form and you just assume everything’s fine.
Honestly the first time anyone actually looks at your paperwork and reviews it is when you turn in your judgment, and what you normally get when you turn in your judgment is the clerk will review it and after a few months of processes you’ll generally get your case back with a reject letter.
That’s what happens with half my clients that come in, come in as new clients where they haven’t started their case, and the other half of my clients come in and have had their divorce rejected numerous times, as many as 6 times in some cases. So generally, what would happen and I’m gonna put this up so you can see it, you’ll get a reject sheet which will have a list of items that you will need to fix. It will tell you what’s wrong, but it doesn’t tell you how to fix it necessarily so that’s the difficulty.
You’ll get a list of errors but they will not tell you what the corrections are. In fact, they will tell you that they are not allowed to tell you, and in some cases now I’ve been doing this for 6 years, I worked for the courts in the past, I worked for a law firm and I’ve never seen a reject sheet like this one. This one basically says, please be advised that the court will not assist in the preparation of your paperwork.
Your judgment contains multiple errors and or lacks mandatory forms. Please seek legal advice blah, blah, blah. So the funny thing is this, either the clerk was so lazy that they didn’t want to go through and check off what the issues were, or there was so many issues that they just gave it a blanket statement because it was so messed up. Now these folks actually hired me and I corrected everything.
Yes it was a mess and yes the clerk was right, there’s a lot of missing things, and a lot of things were just completely wrong. But it was quite lazy of the clerk to not even list what the issues are because as you can see in the other one I showed you, they marked off probably 12 issues, so they went through it fairly thoroughly and checked off the issues that they had.
Again you get a reject sheet that tells you what the problems are but not necessarily how to fix it. Where this one just said yours is so messed up, I’m not even going to waste my time fixing it. So we took care of that anyways but wanted to let you know no one’s reviewing your paperwork until you’re turning in your judgments.
You can anticipate getting a reject sheet at least once when you turn in your divorce paperwork. Tim Blankenship, divorce661.com. Hope this video was helpful and if you need help with your divorce give me a call. You can reach me at 6612810266 or just go to divorce661.com and you can schedule and I’ll talk to you soon.