Ex parte divorce proceedings are common in California family law cases. Unfortunately, they are too common and too many ex parte divorce or custody applications are heard every day.
In this article, we will discuss Orange County Family Court’s ex parte divorce procedure and proceedings. We will discuss how and when to give notice, what the ex parte paperwork entails and what happens at an ex parte proceeding. We will also talk about Orange County ex parte matters within the context of child custody cases.
Everything we write here applies only to Orange County ex parte divorce and custody cases. While there are many similarities in ex parte proceedings in California, there are differences in procedure from county to county. This article is not legal advice about your specific case. For that, you will need a private consultation with an experienced family law attorney.
Much of what we refer to in this article is the California Rules of Court (which applies to the entire state). This article does not address ex parte applications in domestic violence cases. Please read our article on the Domestic Violence Prevention Act for more information about that topic. [Read more…]