What happens after divorce papers are served? The answer in a California divorce case depends on whether the divorce is contested or uncontested.
What happens after divorce papers are served in uncontested California divorce cases? A timely response is filed and served and the spouses then work to settle all of their disputes in either a divorce mediation or other setting that doesn’t involve litigation.
How about contested California divorce cases? A timely response is still filed and served although there typically follows litigation that may involve discovery requests, requests for orders and even trial.
In this article, we discuss generally what happens after divorce papers are served in California, in both an uncontested and contested case. We will assume for the purposes of this article the divorce papers were properly served and there is no issue about that. We are also going to assume in this article there are no issues regarding California jurisdiction (the court’s power to make orders) or whether the divorce was filed in the right county within California.
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