How To File An Order After Hearing | Santa Clarita Divorce
You went to divorce court, spoke to the Judge during a hearing and the Judge made orders that you requested. That’s great, right? Not so fast, you still have to prepare an Order After Hearing or OAH.
This article is a follow up to an article we wrote about representing yourself during a hearing and what you can expect. This article is going to explain what you have to do after the hearing in order to have your judgment enforced.
Once the Judge makes orders, you have to get a copy of the Minute Order. The Minute Order is what the clerk in the courtroom prepares and is a written summary of the Judges orders. You can get a copy of the Minute Order a few days after your hearing. You will then use the Minute Order to prepare your Order After Hearing.
What is an Order After Hearing? It is a form you will use to document what the Judge has ordered. You will prepare the Order After Hearing which then needs to be mailed to your spouse who is to sign the Order After Hearing agreeing to the language of the Order.
But what happens if they refuse to sign it? In that case, you have to wait 10 days for them to return the signed Order After Hearing. After that, you can file the OAH along with a Declaration Regarding Execution of Order After Hearing.
When you mail the Order After Hearing to your spouse for their signature, you have to include a letter which indicates that they have 10 days to respond.
It is quite a process to get an order signed by the court. By this time you have waited about 2 months to get your hearing, then you have to get the Minute Order, complete the Order After Hearing, wait 10 days, then draft a Declaration Regarding Execution of Order After Hearing, then wait for the Judge to sign and return that.
So here is our recommendation. If you are going to represent yourself in court or at a hearing, have us prepare your motion. We will take care of everything from filing and serving to completing the Order After Hearing so you don’t have to worry about all the requirements as discussed here.
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