I get a lot of clients coming in for our divorce service who have already started the divorce process in Santa Clarita. One thing that I frequently find is that the initial divorce paperwork that they have filed in incorrect.
For instance, you may have spelled one of the parties names incorrectly or perhaps used the wrong date of marriage on the Petition. (Don’t worry, you’re not alone). If you have made a mistake on any of the divorce documents and have already filed them with the court, you will have to correct the issue and re file them. And if you have already served the documents, you will have to re-serve them as well.
So I thought I would discuss the proper way to amend your divorce paperwork. Let’s talk about the initial documents, the Summons and Petition. On the Petition itself, if you make a mistake and need to amend the form, they already have a box for you. In the box that says “Petitioner for” you will see there is a big “Amended” box there as well. So this form is easy. Simply fill out the Petition correctly and mark the “Amended” box. Re-file it with the court and you are good to go. But wait, if you amend the Petition, you have to file another Summons.
So make sure to also file an amended Summons. There is no box on the Summons, so you can simply write the word “amended” above the word summons. Now because these are the initial documents to be served, make sure you serve them again together, even if you had already served the first Petition and Summons.
And one last thing on this. Don’t for get to file the amended Proof of Service of Summons. If you fowled up these initial forms, you will have to wait another 30 days before moving forward after serving them again on your spouse.
You can amend any of the divorce documents that you file just like this by following the instructions above.
If you ran into trouble on these initial documents, you are not alone. But so you know, these are the easier of the documents to file in your divorce. That said, you are a good candidate for our divorce service if you had trouble with your divorce forms right out of the gate.
Please give us a call to discuss how we can help you make your divorce as pain free (and error free) as possible.