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If they have agreed to all the terms in the distribution agreement, then it should just be a matter of putting it on paper and submitting it to the judge for approval. However, the judge is not going to push any timeline as he doesn't have any personal interest in closing the case. Her ex obviously isn't going to push it as it is in his best interest to drag it out as long as possible.
So the only one who can push this would be her. If she is not represented by an attorney, she can file a "motion to compel" that would force ex and attorney to come back to court and explain to the judge why they haven't submitted the agreed upon settlement paperwork to close the case.
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It is in his best interests to drag it out because that way he doesn't have to come up with the $20K until the paperwork has been approved by the court.
So I am sure he would rather pay a bill next week then to have to pay it today.
I just re-read your initial comments and see that you stated they have already submitted the paperwork so she would need to file a "motion for status update" with the judge who has the case to give him the "nudge" he needs to get on the ball and approve the submitted paperwork. Six months is way too long to wait for a judge to simply sign off on agreed settlement paperwork.
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