How Do I Prepare Uncontested “Hybrid” Judgment | Santa Clarita

How Do I Prepare Uncontested “Hybrid” Judgment | Santa Clarita

When you file for divorce and go through the divorce process, you  eventually have to prepare a final judgment.  The final judgment wraps up all your agreements into a single document.

In the cases that proceed in an uncontested matter and where the other party does not respond but enters into a written agreement, you can prepare a Hybrid divorce judgment.

The Hybrid divorce judgment has some specific forms you will need to file.  In the video above, we go into detail on what forms are needed to file a uncontested Hybrid divorce judgment.

The difference between the true default divorce judgment and the hybrid is that with the hybrid divorce, the other party has to complete and file their financial disclosures, namely their income and expense declaration and schedule of assets and debts.  Additionally, the non-responding spouse will need to sign the final divorce judgment paperwork.

We will show you the Courts hybrid- uncontested divorce judgment checklist which you can use to check off the documents that you need to submit to the court.  We routinely use the judgment checklist on all the judgments we submit to the courts.  There are so many forms necessary to submit when preparing the divorce paperwork, that it is good to use the checklist.  

It also helps the court to submit the checklist so they can also verify that you submitted all the correct paperwork. Because each of the checklists indicate which type of divorce judgment you are preparing, you reduce the chances of having the uncontested divorce judgment rejected by the court.

It is also important to remember that when representing yourself during the divorce, that both parties will need to sign the divorce judgment and have their signatures notarized, otherwise the court will reject the judgment.

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How Do I Prepare Contested Divorce Judgment | Santa Clarita

How Do I Prepare Contested Divorce Judgment | Santa Clarita

If you have gone through the divorce process and your divorce was considered to be a contested divorce there will be specific contested divorce judgment paperwork you will have to submit.

If your divorce was contested that means usually that a trial was held and that the respondent filed a response.  When this occurs there are specific forms that need to be filed.

In all divorce judgments, many of the divorce documents will be the same, however in a contested divorce there will be some additional documents you will need to submit to the court when preparing your final divorce paperwork.

It is important to remember that if you are representing yourself, one of the parties will be advised to prepare the divorce judgment.  This means that the judge will make specific orders during the trial and you will have to write those orders down on the judgment.

The party who does not prepare the divorce judgment will have to sign the final judgement to approve it as to “form and content”.  This means that you agree to the language in the final judgment and that the language used is correct and as the judge ordered.

If there is ever a dispute as to the orders made by the judge you can always order a copy of the transcript.  This can be costly, but may be necessary to clear up any disagreements between the parties.

If the parties can still not come to an agreement, you can always file the judgment along with the trial transcript and let the judge have the final say as to what the language should be in the divorce judgment paperwork.

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Santa Clarita Divorce | How To File Ex-Parte Motion

Santa Clarita Divorce | How To File Ex-Parte Motion

Everytime I get a question from one of my clients or anyone that calls for that matter, I try to make it a habit to also answer that question on video.

Today I was asked what the process is for filing an Ex-Parte motion in court.    But let’s first talk about what Ex-Parte means.  Ex-Parte means “for oneself” and generally refers to going to court without the other party being present.  It also has other applications.

The Los Angeles County Bar Association prepared a tip called Preparing for and making and Ex Parte Application which you can read and stated that Ex Parte relief is requested when it is impractical or impossible to wait the minimum statutory period for  the court to hear a regular motion.

For Instance, lets say you want to go to court because you want an order for spousal support.  If you were to file a Request For Order with the court, you may be looking anywere from 30 to 60 days depending on which court you are in and how busy they are.

If you can’t wait 60 days, because for instance, you would have no other source of income and you are going to be evicted, that may qualify as an emergency.  So going into court Ex Parte may be necessary to get orders from the court sooner.

It is important that you still give the other party notice that you will going to court.  This is called giving ex parte notice.  Per the LACBA article, you have to give ex parte notice prior to 10:00 a.m. the day before you want to appear in court.  This way the other party has some advance notice so they can also make an appearance in court if they choose.

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Completing Declaration Of Disclosure | Santa Clarita Divorce

Completing Declaration Of Disclosure | Santa Clarita Divorce

The declaration of disclosure form FL-140 can be considered the cover page or face page to the financial disclosures.  You will use it as the to page to the the schedule of assets and debts and income and expense declaration when preparing your divorce paperwork.

When you prepare the declaration of disclosure there are 5 check boxes that you can check to indicate which forms you are completing and serving on the other party.

first thing you want to do is make sure to mark the correct box on the declaration of disclosure in regards to whether you are filing your preliminary or final declaration of disclosure.  In most cases you will be filing your preliminary declaration of disclosure.  If you are the Petitioner in your divorce, you would mark the “Petitioner” box and the “Preliminary” box to indicate to the court who you are and what you are filing.

Again, this page is used mostly as a cover sheet.  You can mark the box that says you are filing one of 5 different forms:

  1. A completed Schedule of Assets and Debts
  2. A completed income and expense declaration
  3. A statement of all material facts and information regarding valuation of all assets that are community property or in which the community has an interest
  4. A statement of all material facts and information regarding obligations for which the community is liable.
  5. An accurate and complete written disclosure of any investment opportunity, business opportunity, or other income-producing opportunity presented.

In most cases, as is pertains to your preliminary declaration of disclosure, checking box 1 and 2 is sufficient.  If it gets to the point where you need to file the final declaration of disclosure, you may need to check boxes 3,4 and 5 and provide the necessary forms.

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How To Complete Schedule Of Assets And Debts Form FL-142 | Santa Clarita Divorce

How To Complete Schedule Of Assets And Debts Form FL-142 | Santa Clarita Divorce

The schedule of assets and debts form FL-142 is one of the essential disclosure forms that makes us the declaration of disclosure during a divorce in California.

The schedule of assets and debts along with the income and expense declaration makes up what is known as your disclosures during the divorce process.

The schedule of assets and debts is a 4 page form that has you list all your assets and debts whether or not they are separate property or community property.  You will also have to assign a value to all your property.

When you are assigning value to your property, you do not list what you paid for that item, rather what it’s values is today if sold.  The courts say to think what you could get for that item at a garage sale or if you sold it on an online auction, etc.

When you list your assets and debts, you will need to supply a statement for everything that has an account number.  For instance:

  • Credit card statements
  • Bank statements
  • Mortgage Statements
  • Vehicle Registration
  • Life Insurance Policies
  • Stocks, Bonds and Mutual Funds
  • Again, anything with an account number

Essentially, you want to provide a written statement of everything you list on the schedule of assets and debt.

When listing your assets and debts it is not necessary to provide the entire account number for your checking accounts and credit card statements.  All you need to do is supply the last 4 digits of the account numbers so that they can be identified.

Please give us a call if you would like to discuss having our licensed and bonded legal document assistant firm prepare your divorce forms for you.  We are located in Santa Clarita and specialize in the divorce process.

Need To Complete Divorce Income And Expense | Santa Clarita Divorce

Need To Complete Divorce Income And Expense | Santa Clarita Divorce

When you file for divorce, there are specific steps you need to take to complete the divorce process.  What we are discussing here is about the requirements for you to complete your financial disclosures.  Specifically, we will we adressing how to complete the divorce income and expense Form FL-150.

The income and expense declaration is one of the forms that comprises the what is known as the declaration of disclosure.  The other form we will discuss in another post and video is how to complete the divorce schedule of assets and debts.

The process of disclosure is very important in the divorce process.  The courts want both parties to disclose all their financial information.  In addition, these document will be used to assist you when dividing up your property and debts at the time you prepare your judgment.

The income and expense declaration will ask you to disclose certain financial information such as:

  1. The name of your employer
  2. Whether you are currenty employed or not
  3. How much you make
  4. How much the other party makes
  5. How much education you have
  6. Last year no filed taxes
  7. Estimation of all your debts
  8. Net of your assets and debts

When you are completing the income and expense declaration, make sure you place your source of income in the correct area.  The income and expense declaration asks you to specify the source of your income.  Make sure to also separate out your overtime from your regular pay.  Be especialy mindfull not to place your self employment income in the salary income.  There is a separate line item for that.

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How To Prepare Summary Divorce | Santa Clarita

How To Prepare Summary Divorce | Santa Clarita

The summary divorce process is a bit different than going through a regular divorce.  There are a lot of similarities but overall it is an easier and quicker process.  Of course, there are qualifying factors in order to file a summary divorce.

So what does it take to qualify for a summary divorce?  Let’s cover a few of the qualifying factors.  Make sure to watch the video for a complete run down of the summary divorce qualifications.

First, you have to have been married for less than 5 years.  Remeber, that to determine the length of marriage, you would use the date of marriage through the date of separation.  Then next factor is that you cannot have any children from the marriage.  You also can not own any property.

Furthermore, you can only have a certain amount of debts to qualify for the summary divorce.  The courts say you cannot have more than $6,000 in debt acquired since the date you got married.  This does not include car loans.  So everything but car loans would need to be factored into your overall debt.

You can also not have more than $36,000 in assets acquired during the duration of the marriage.  This is referred to as community property.  Again you would not include the value of your vehicles for this calculation.

To get help to determine if you qualify for the summary divorce you can use the fillable divorce worksheet to figure out how much you have in assets and debts.

For more information about the summary divorce process, please give us a call.  We can help you figure out if you qualify.

We are a licensed and bonded legal document preparation firm and can help you professionally prepare your divorce paperwork.

Have A Question About Divorce | Santa Clarita Divorce FAQ’s

Have A Question About Divorce | Santa Clarita Divorce FAQ’s

Have a question about divorce and don’t know where to find the answers you are looking for?  Well, look no further as our divorce legal resources page is your answer to all the most  frequently asked questions about divorce.

Trust us when we say this is not one of those times to ask your friend or neighbor.  Instead, we suggest you go right to the source for answers to your divorce questions.  This source is the California court systems website where they provide answers to the most frequently asked questions.

And they are not skimpy on answering questions.  There are hundreds of questions they have answered such as:

  1. What if my spouse does not want to give me  divorce?
  2. What is a no fault divorce?
  3.  Is there anything else I should do after I get divorced.
  4.  Do I need a lawyer if I have property?
  5.  What is the fair market value of our property?

This what just a snippet of what is covered on the courts divorce frequently asked questions page.  We will be preparing a separate video on each of the frequently asked questions as asked and answered by the court.  The reasons we are going to do this is, again, because it is hard to loacate this information even if you specifically search for it on the internet.

Because we are not a law firm, we cannot technically provide you with information about divorce strategies or give legal advice.  But we can point you in the right direction and help you locate the same information you would have received during a divorce consultation with an attorney.

We are a licensed and bonded legal document preparation service that specializes in the divorce process.  Please give us a call if you would like to learn more about having your divorce prepared by us.

Santa Clarita Free Divorce Forms

Santa Clarita Free Divorce Forms

There are lots of divorce companies that will sell you divorce forms.  In fact companies make millions of dollars selling divorce forms which are completely free.  Ah, the power of the mighty marketing dollar.

We are trying to get the word out that the divorce forms are all available online at no cost to you.   We are doing this by making this video which is part of our entire divorce self help series which will explain how to access the free divorce forms and how to use them.

Santa Clarita Free Divorce Forms

In this video we show you where you can find the divorce forms and how to properly save them.  One of the most frustrating things about the online divorce forms is how to save them once you have completed them.

You see the free divorce forms are completely fillable online which means you can type right onto  them.  But there is a certain way you have to save them in order to keep the fillable information inside the boxes.  I don’t want to bore you with this process, but you will save a lot of time if you just read the next few sentences because it will save you from having to duplicate your efforts when filling out the free online divorce forms.

Normally when we save a document we will do a file – save as, right?  You can do this, and by all appearance it will seem as though you saved the form.  And you did, just that it will not save the parts you filled in.  What you have to do is use the “save this form” yellow button at the botton of the form, then save-as and you will be good to go.

The other thing to watch out for when using the free online divorce forms is that if you open another form before saving the form you were working on, you will lose all the information because the form will open in the same tab and completely replace what you were working on.

We are licensed and bonded legal documents assistants providing affordable divorce services.  Give us a call to discuss having us prepare your divorce paperwork professionally for you.

Santa Clarita Divorce Self Help Videos

Santa Clarita Divorce Self Help Videos

We are proud to bring an entire lineup of divorce self help videos to Santa Clarita and all of Los Angeles County.

Our divorce self help videos are a first in the legal self help industry.  To date, we have been the only legal document preparation service to prepare a complete series on how to complete the divorce process totally on video.

We cover every document and every divorce form there is to prepare your divorce yourself.  We chose to deliver this method of instruction as it would be near impossible to do it soley in print.

Additionally, there is plenty of divorce information on the internet these days, but most is hard to understand or not in an instructional format.

In our self help divorce videos we go into detail on each of the forms and discuss the divorce process.  We are not providing you with our way of doing things, rather we reference the California divorce website and use the divorce process as discussed on their family law website.

We will show you the divorce process as outlined by the California court systems them show you the forms on video and show you how to prepare the divorce forms individually.

Now while we are providing a free legal service, it is not without some benefit to us.  We do hope that you find the videos informative and valuable.  However, admitedly we are hoping to provide this divorce information and that some folks will seek our our divorce service to help them prepare their divorce paperwork and get through the divorce process.

We are licesned and bonded legal document assistants who specialize in the divorce process.  If you would like assistance in preparing your divorce, we are a great affordable attorney alternative.  Give us a call if you would like to learn more about our divorce assistance service in Santa Clarita.