What are the next Steps after the ex is served with divorce papers? 3 Answers as of June 27, 2011

After my ex is served with divorce papers (including receipt to be returned to me), what is the next step in the process?

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Warner Center Law Offices of Donald F. Conviser
Warner Center Law Offices of Donald F. Conviser | Donald F. Conviser
If your husband returned to you his signed Notice and Acknowledgment of Receipt of Service, your next step would be to file the original Proof of Service by mail, attached to your Husband's signed Notice and Acknowledgment of Receipt of Service, with the Superior Court Clerk's office. Your husband's next step would be to file and serve his Response (Family Law) within 30 days of service on him. If he fails to file and serve his Response, your next step would be to seek for the Court to enter his default. You would best retain an experienced Family Law Attorney to advise and represent you in your divorce.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 6/27/2011
Law Office of Patricia Van Haren
Law Office of Patricia Van Haren | Patricia Van Haren
Your former spouse will have 30 days with which to file a Response. If a response has not been filed within the 30 days, you may request that the court enter a default. Prior to obtaining a default you will need to serve your Preliminary Disclosure Documents on your spouse. If there are issues concerning property, support, custody or visitation, you will need to request a hearing.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 6/27/2011
Michael Apicella
Michael Apicella | Apicella Law and Mediation
The next step is to exchange preliminary disclosures, and then try to reach agreements on all outstanding issues, such as dividing assets and debts; determining custody, and visitation; and whether one party should pay spousal support to the other, and if so, how much and for how long, among any other issues that are relevant in your case. Perhaps you should have a consult with a local family law lawyer to help you navigate the divorce process, and advise you of your rights.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 6/27/2011
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