We have had several of our clients go to court lately. No matter how many times I tell them to remember what happens in court, they often forget.
I don’t blame them. There is a lot going on and they are nervous and in unfamiliar territory. The problem is that we need to know what orders the judge made so that we can do what they said to do.
Most recently we had a client go to court and the judge made some orders. Our client called us to inform us that he was not sure exactly what the judge said he had to do.
All he could remember is that a new trial date was set and that he was supposed to complete his judgment before the trial date.
When this happens, we want to make sure what was said in court so we can complete whatever the judge informed us to. So what we did was have our attorney service go to the department and ask for a copy of the minute order. Click on this link for more information of what a minute order during a divorce hearing is.
When we received the minute order, it said that he was supposed to give his spouse notice of the next hearing. He did not hear that part. Here is the problem with that. If he had not contacted us to help him with his divorce, he would have not known about giving notice of the next hearing.
Seems harmless enough, but had he shown up to court without giving notice of the hearing and trial, he would have shown up and the court would have realized that the other party was not informed of the hearing and had to continue the case to yet another court date.
Representing yourself during your divorce can be very challenging and have significant setbacks. No wonder it takes people representing themselves during divorce so long to get through the process.
We recommend you use a competent divorce firm to help you with your divorce paperwork.
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