California Divorce Judgment Checklist & Instructions

California Divorce Judgment Checklist & Instructions

Today we’re talking about the judgment checklist for dissolution for divorce in California.

I had a client come in recently and they’re trying to do their own divorce and they finally threw in the towel, which we find a lot – it’s not as simple as they make it sound.

But anyway they’ve gotten pretty far into the divorce. They had filed the divorce papers, done some of the financial disclosures; we had to clean up a lot of what they’ve previously done.

But they went in to have to enter their judgment, and prepare the judgment forms and the self-help center gave them a big fifty-page judgment package to complete and I’m going to discuss that in another video.

But today, in this article, we’re talking about the actual judgment checklist and what the court actually expects you to do.

So you can see that the judgment checklist is three pages long and if you notice closely, it just gives you the forms that you need to use.

It doesn’t give any instruction whatsoever on how to fill out the forms. And that is the biggest problem when trying to do your own divorce.

So you have here default without agreement, it gives you the forms that are needed which is great, so you can use this as a checklist to the forms you need, but then you have to get the forms, you’re going to have to fill them out. It doesn’t tell you how to file them, it doesn’t tell you how to fill them out, and it doesn’t tell you how to serve them.

And some of these forms are quite complicated.

Now we’ve done a self-help video on most of these. We’ll probably try and get to all of these at some point but there are so many forms when it comes to completing your divorce it’s really hard to become an expert on all those things, especially for you, if you’re trying to do this on your own.

So, just kind of want to give you that kind of heads up on what you’re looking at doing, this is again just the final step, this is not going to court multiple times filing, serving, doing the disclosures, the financial stuff and all that.

This is just the final step – three pages checklist – just to submit your paperwork and over fifty pages of judgment forms that you have to complete for your final step in your case.

We also recommend you use our professional service for your divorce such as us and this comes at different times for everybody.

It may be at the very beginning, you say: “Forget it, I don’t want to deal with this!” or it maybe halfway in the middle where it occurs a lot or at the end when people get thrown a stack of fifty pages to deal with to finish their divorce – they’ll call us then.

Whatever that time is, we’ll pick up where you left off and wrap up your divorce. We can help you anywhere in California.

So make sure to give us a call – 661-281-0266 or go to our website at Thanks!