In a divorce case how do I change from the county where the petition was filed to the correct county where we reside?

Asked over 1 year ago - Tracy, CA

My wife filed a petition for divorce in Alameda County. We both live in San Joaquin County. We have lived in San Joaquin County forover 12 months. When she filed the paperwork she used he correct address, and check the boxes that state web oth meet the residency requirement on the FL-100. I need to file a response,but I can not check those boxes without perjuring myself. How can Ir espond and request the court to change the case to the correct venue in the correct county.Will the FL-560 work in this matter?

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  1. Michelle Louise Blair


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    Answered . You need to file a request to change venue/jurisdiction if it was not filed in the proper county. You can seek assistance at the Family Law Facilitator or on the court's website might have the information in the self-help center.

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  2. Martha Bronson

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    Answered . I agree with counsel about the need to get the venue changed to the proper county. However, rather than file a full blown motion, contact your ex and ask her to stipulate to a change of venue, then prepare the stipulation with a proposed order and send it through to the court for processing with a cover letter explaining venue is improper and that you seek to have it changed through a stipulated order which you need him/her to sign. If you have any problems feel free to contact me directly here in Tracy, I will gladly give you a one hour free consultation. 209-830-0400. If you have found this helpful and/or the best answer, please relay that information to the attorney by checking on the appropriate box below. It is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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  3. Matthew Thomas Majeski


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    Answered . I agree with counsel. Contact court administration and ask about filing for a change of venue.

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  4. Scott Dale Mitchell

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    Answered . File a motion to change venue. After the judge grants your motion to change venue, make sure you go to the clerk's office and pay the fees and request the actual file be sent to the proper county.

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