I filed for divorce in California and paid $435 to court in pro per, I had my spouse served. She responded in California where we live. She filed waiver for fee to Response and had me served, her waiver was denied. She says she does not have the $435 to pay for her Response, but I know she does. She says we cant get the divorce because she cant pay her fee. Is this true or can I go forward with the divorce?
Not true. You can proceed with the divorce. You should hire a licensed California Family Law Attorney to represent you and help you out.
You can proceed by default. Get help from the court (self help desk) orva limited scope attorney.
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You can also proceed by default with agreement because with a default you can only get what you ask for in the Petition.
If wife doesn't file/serve you with a Response 30 days after she was served, then you can request her default. If she wants to participate in a settlement, you can resolve your case (get a judgment of dissolution) via "default with agreement." If she refuses to cooperate, you can get a judgment via "true default."
Here's a link to form FL-107 which explains the process:
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