I made the mistake of having a "friend of a friend" file my divorce documents.
It's been nothing but a headache.
A year into it, my ex received the Request to Default... I see that it's my name, but not my writing.
I assume in her incompetence, she lost the one I signed. Or maybe I never signed it, again, it's been a year, so I don't remember what I signed and left with her.
At that time, I moved out of state. She said shed change the address to hers, because if I change it to the new out of state address, it would prolong things. Then she would send me documents accordingly.
Next thing I know......9 months later, I receive a letter from the court saying my case will be dismissed for lack of follow up.
I called her...and that is when I think she scrambled and signed my name and got things rolling again.
My question, do I need another divorce?
Should I start over with a light paralegal?
Can I start over, or can you not get divorced twice?
I'm afraid this will come back to bite me, or at least haunt me the rest of my life.
Thanks for you advice!
Was the friend of a friend a lawyer?
What is a light paralegal....never heard that one before?
Get with a family law attorney in your area and let them unfarkel your situation and determine what steps you need to take (if any) moving forward.
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"Paralegal" is not a term that has any legal significance in Colorado. Anybody who thinks they know something about legal matters can call themselves a paralegal. As a non-attorney, they cannot provide you with any actual legal advice.
As for what you need to do now, has a court issued a divorce decree? Is the case still open? You cannot get divorced twice (without a remarriage). If a decree entered, you are likely done. If not, you need legal advice to figure out how to get to that point.
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More information is needed before someone can give you a good answer. A paralegal cannot just sign something for you. However, it depends on what document(s) you are talking about. You may have a problem. You may not. Your first step should be to get all the papers filed in your case. Your next step should be to consult with a divorce attorney.
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