Can you get the stipulation signed again? The court will need an original.
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You need to file an originally executed Stipulation. Is your attorney withholding the paperwork because you owe money? The Stipulation was prepared and negotiated by the attorney who needs to be paid.
The above is a general answer and is not considered legal advice. You should contact an attorney before proceeding to take any legal action, signing any papers or upon service of a summons.
It sounds like you and your lawyer have to sit down and work out your differences. There are lots of papers that have to be done to finish an uncontested divorce after the stipulation is signed. Money is probably an issue. The attorney is entitled to be paid for doing the work whether you are getting along or not. Finishing it yourself can be as easy as setting a broken bone yourself to save the cost of going to the MD.
There seems to be something missing here. Why does your attorney not file the stip (along with the rest of the paperwork) ? What reason does your lawyer give for not providing you with the original? Why would you want to go and file the stip if there is a legitimate reason that your lawyer doesn't do it? You do know that filing the stip will not get you the divorce, correct?
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