Although California law states that a couple can be divorced in six months and one day from the time one spouse is correctly served with proper divorce documents by the other, the reality is that it can take much, much longer. One of the biggest culprits is the massive delays in the California court system.
Staggering budget cuts have resulted in the closure of 175 courtrooms across the state. Every single Superior Court system in California is experiencing extended waiting times and postponements. In some counties, this means that it can take months or years to make it through the system, even in uncontested divorce cases. For example, initial divorce documents filed in Los Angeles County in April of 2013 were not being processed until December.
Fortunately, we can help couples expedite the necessary steps needed to obtain a divorce so that their lives aren’t put on hold because of the clogged California judicial system. Our mediation services, private judges and divorce packages are some of the ways that we can help ease the frustration and stress for those seeking a divorce or legal separation.
We recently worked with two couples in different California counties who let us know in December that they were anxious to have their cases finalized by the end of the year. Although we don’t recommend cutting it this close, by using private judge services and couriers who were able to work effectively with the court clerks, we helped both couples obtain final judgments in their cases by December 31.
Our mediation and private judge services can greatly minimize the need to interact with the courts. If you choose a divorce package with or without mediation, we can help streamline the process and handle all of your document preparation and filing. Over the past 25 years, we have developed strong relationships with court personnel and understand the ins and outs of the various court systems throughout the state.
The divorce process is challenging enough without the added anxiety of dealing with a court system that leaves many couples dangling in legal limbo. If you want to avoid a prolonged delay in settling your divorce, please call 1-800-359-7004 to speak with me or one of our other attorneys. We are happy to discuss your options and help you find the best solution to meet your needs.