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How long does it generally take for a judge to "sign off" on divorce after clerks approve a judgement and declaration of default

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The clerks told me they approved my judgement and Default, (it's been almost two years) and are now waiting for the judge to sign off -over 2 wks ago. I am very anxious to have this over. So far no response from soon to be ex husband.

To clarify, It's been over two years since I filed, but over two weeks since the clerks said they had approved and are waiting for the response. AND - The Default Judgement was given on 11/13. So I guess it is finally final. Thank you for the advice and help.

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Something is wrong if your Judgment and default were approved almost two years ago - or did I misunderstand your question? Did you submit those only around 2 weeks ago? It is currently taking approximately 2-3 months for the Court in L.A. to process Judgment packages, so be patient.

Please note that this answer does not constitute legal advice, and should not be relied on, as each situation is fact specific, and it is not possible to evaluate a legal problem without a comprehensive consultation and review of all the facts and court pleadings filed in the case. This answer does not create an attorney-client relationship.



Ah, no. I initially filed almost two years ago. Had to refile the judgement and default again on August 13. On October 15, "Declaration-Default" popped up under case information online . A clerk told me that they had sent the paperwork along to a judge for him to sign off. No further updates. Thank you for your response.


It depends on your county and courthouse. Generally 2-3 months is a good rule of thumb, however some courts move faster than others even in the same county. I have gotten them back in 1 month.

This answer is a general interpretation of the law and is not fact specific to your case. Likewise it does not create an attorney-client relationship. You should seek an attorney for a review of your specific facts and documents. My firm is All for the Family Legal Clinic, Inc. a nonprofit public benefit corporation that charges on a sliding scale based on income and family size. For a consultation contact us 510-999-7732 or at our website


Go to the Court and pull your file, perhaps the Judgment is there and wasn't mailed. IF you dint provide a self addressed envelope it would NOT be mailed. If you do NOT see the judgment, then you can ask the family court facilitator to assist you with coordinating with the Judges clerk. Good Luck.

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Get another original and have your attorney walk it through, it is quite possible the file is lost or it is in the file

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