California Divorce Notice Of Case Review Default Letter
Today we’re talking about a little bit of a change with the California court systems in the past.
And we’re going to be talking about a notice you may get in the mail if you’re representing yourself, lets say, notice of case review / default family centered case resolution. So, notice of case review default.
In the past when you would file for divorce, you’d file the paperwork. You’d serve the paperwork, and if you didn’t do those things, then the court wouldn’t ever get involved. They wouldn’t ever step in. You would never get any letter or anything from the court.
Now what they’ve done is there are certain milestones, certain dates that will trigger the courts to automatically take an action to notify parties that their case is not finished or that they need to do the next step.
Again in the past they never got involved. You can file, serve and your case could linger 5, 10 or 15 years – I’ve seen it – and not a single notice and a lot of times people would think they’re actually divorced when they’re not.
Because of those issues I’m assuming and many others, what the courts started doing and we noticed probably towards the end of 2013, into 2014 is they started taking a proactive approach to handling divorce matters and making sure they’re moving along so the notice of case review default.
That’s a letter you’ll get if you filed you’re paperwork, you served your paperwork and let’s say you’ve done your financial disclosures but then nothing else is going on and you haven’t filed a default case yet.
If your spouse hasn’t responded after 30 days after being served you have a default where you can file a default and complete your case. So this specific notice, notice of case review default, you’ll receive this in about six months, four to six month mark after you served your spouse.
When they’ve seen you filed, you’ve served your spouse, you’ve done your financial disclosures and then it kinds of just lingered, you’re going to get this notice, notice of case review/default and what it is, is it’s a notice from the court basically saying your case is not complete.
Here are the steps to complete your case, file a proof of service if you haven’t, do your financial disclosure if you haven’t, and that you need to, if you’re going to proceed by default, enter the request to enter default.
So they can default the case and then you can move forward with your judgment. It’s just a little bit of a notice to let you know that your case is not complete because there’s certain amount of time has elapsed since you’ve filed and served your spouse.
So, if you get this, there’s no alarm and it doesn’t require you to appear in court, at least this one did not. So, if you get this, read through it.
They’re just letting you know there’s more steps to complete your case and I think it’s a good step forward in helping people understand, who’s representing themselves like the clients we help that their case is not complete.
My name is Tim Blankenship with divorce661.com, specializing in affordable divorce in California. Please give us a call at 661-281-0266 if you’d like help with your case.