Does the 6 month waiting period restart when filing an amended FL100?

Asked over 1 year ago - Rancho Cucamonga, CA

We initially started a divorce process in San Bernardino County in 2001, reconciled back then, and 12 years later are now going through with an uncontested divorce with an agreement. Oddly, the old case was still open and the court has allowed us to proceed without having to file a new initial petition. In 2001 we had 3 children, & now have 5. The court has only asked me to amend the petition to include the 2 children born since the first petition was filed, yet it is still proceeding under the 12 year old case number. Does amending the petition and serving my spouse with it restart the 6 month waiting period for the divorce to become final, or can we expect it to become final the day the judge signs the agreement?

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There was also proof of service with the initial filing in 2001.

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  1. Lilah J Sutphen

    Contributor Level 7


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . The California Family Code is not explicit on this situation, however, your filing of an amended petition essentially nullifies the original petition that was filed 12 years ago. There are now new "allegations" that must be answered to. In the eyes of the law, the amended petition is an entirely new document which resets that clock. You should expect the six month waiting period to begin when service of the amended petition takes place or when your spouse "appears" (i.e., files her response), whichever occurs first.

  2. Gregory Paul Benton

    Contributor Level 20


    Lawyer agrees

    Answered . Because there was no proof of service, I believe the 6 month period will be effective once he has official notice of the amended petition.

  3. Diana Lucia Martinez

    Contributor Level 14

    Answered . The 6 month period will start from the date you spouse is properly served with the amended petition or the date your spouse responds to the amended petition. To be clear, the 6 month period has to do only with the earliest date by which you can be deemed legally divorced (i.e, single for purposes of remarriage). If you have an agreement, and this will not be a contested divorce (court battles), you should be able to complete your process in a matter of weeks or months, rather than years. Once you have a signed judgment (signed by the court) and the 6 months have passed (from the date your spouse was served with the new petition or responds to the new petition), you will be divorced and free to remarry. That is the significance of the 6 month period.

    My suggestion would be that you have an attorney prepare all of your documents (many of us do this on a flat rate, limited scope basis) so that you get everything properly done and do not have prolong it any further.

    I hope this information is helpful to you. Good luck.

    Since the information provided in your question is very limited and I have not had an opportunity to review all... more

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Divorce is the process of formally ending a marriage. Divorces may be jointly agreed upon, resolved by negotiation, or decided in court.

Uncontested Divorce

An uncontested divorce is one in which spouses agree on relevant issues such as division of property, child custody/support, and alimony.

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