My husband and I filed for separate in february 2012 and our court date is for July. It is noncontested and we have completed a mediation and he has signed a quit claim deed for our house. Will the judge sign the decree that day? I'm not in a rush I am just trying to get my name changed back, and since I'm in the military it takes a while and I will be deploying so and want to get everything settled before I leave.
The Judge may or may not sign the Divorce (or Legal Separation, whichever the case may be) Judgment on your court date - depending on what that court date is for. If it is the trial date, it is more likely that the Judge would sign the judgment on that date. However, even if the Judge signs the judgment, your marital status can't be dissolved until 6 months and a day after service on the case in a Divorce case. In a Legal Separation case, marital status is not dissolved. If you requested your prior name back, you will get it back when Judgment is entered in your case. Judgment can be entered on a divorce case before the date that marital status is dissolved pursuant to the Judgment.
Please note that this answer does not constitute legal advice, and should not be relied on, as each situation is fact specific, and it is not possible to evaluate a legal problem without a comprehensive consultation and review of all the facts and court pleadings filed in the case. This answer does not create an attorney-client relationship.
I agree with Mr. Conviser. I would add that if you want the judge to sign your judgment (decree) make sure you have the judgment with you for him or her to sign. This is not a document that the court prepares, you have to do it yourself.
The answer to your question is not intended to provide you with legal advice you should rely on, only a general indication of what the law might provide. You have provided only a limited description of your situation and I may be unaware of important facts that could affect your case. My answering your question does not create an attorney-client relationship between us.
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