Why is the court requesting a hearing in a divorce where request for default has been entered and paperwork is error free?

Asked over 1 year ago - Long Beach, CA

I filed for divorce in August of 2012 and I finally received notification that my request to enter default was approved. I expected the judgment for dissolution would follow, but instead I received a notice that my judgment was rejected and that a hearing is required. My case is so simple - few assets and no children. I am very frustrated as the court already has delayed this case at least two months by losing three documents not once, but twice. In addition to the primary question, I am wondering if must I submit FAM031 in person and resubmit judgment paperwork? Will my court date be assigned at the time I file paperwork, and how soon can I expect a hearing to be scheduled? What questions should I expect to be asked in the hearing? Thank you.

Attorney answers (3)

  1. Christina Marie Sherman

    Contributor Level 8

    Answered . It's not clear, but would be helpful to know - is the court requesting a "prove-up" hearing?

  2. Martha Bronson

    Contributor Level 14

    Answered . First, you should always have an extra set of documents with you at hearing which you want signed. Second, there is no telling why the matter was set for hearing, except that it is safe to say the court has questions or concerns about your paperwork which is why the hearing was set. Consult with an experienced family law attorney who can look at the documents you submitted and thus be able to respond to your inquiry. If you have found this helpful and/or the best answer, please let the attorney know by checking the appropriate box below. It will be greatly appreciated. Thank you and best of luck to you-

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  3. Matthew Thomas Majeski


    Contributor Level 19

    Answered . It's not clear from your facts why the hearing is required, but generally a default proceeding is quick and simple. The judge will just ask you routine questions about what's in the paperwork and generally will grant what you're asking for.

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