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How long does it take for a default judgment to process and become finalized?

Lynwood, CA |

I went to a default trial on 8/28/2009. The judge granted the judgment, but it has not been processed yet. How long does this take? I want to re-marry ASAP, my fiance and I are just waiting for this to get finalized.

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It can take as much as 90 days. Call the judge's clerk and explain your desire to remarry. A nice clerk can sometimes expedite the handling.

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You can call the judge's clerk to see the status of your judgment, but usually these are processed in the order received, and the fact that's it's been 6 weeks doesn't sound like that long a time. So while you can ask for preferential processing because you actually have a reason for wanting the dissolution to be finalized, it may not be done.

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There is no set time, and some Courts are better than others. I would keep calling.

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