How long does it take for martial status to be terminated in California via bifurcation? My boyfriend has file for bifurcation & today his attorney received his wife's response & declaration (initial filing was 18 months ago). Based on this, what happens next, a court appearance? Or can it be finalized via paperwork with the court? She is not contesting the bifurcation. What are next steps and how soon can things be finalized (he and she are both working w/ their attorneys)?
...enough time to prepare and submit a stipulation for bifurcation, get signature, submit to court and wait for the judge to sign it. You really need to discuss this with your BF who can get a more accurate estimate from his own attorney.
You can always "stipulate" to the bifurcation but signing a stipulation for bifurcation of status rather than have a trial. As soon as the parties agree to this, sign the stipulation and then have the judge sign off, then it can be done and entered. Don't know how backlogged your courts are so I can't give you a definite time line.
Time required to adjudicate bifurcation depends on court workload, schedule.
If BF and W agree, they may sign stipulation and submit to court for approval to expedite matter.
BF should discuss all of above with his attorney.
If your point is that you want the marriage terminated at the earliest possible date, then the Request for Orders for bifurcation should have specified notice to the other party that the trial on the bifurcation will be the same date at the hearing. If that is the case, then take a stipulated judgment terminating status and see if the judge will sign that on same date as your hearing.
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