I have a question relating to divorce
in California, specifically Los Angeles County.
I am in the process of what should have been a very simple divorce….uncontested, no minor children, no real assets, no cash, etc. The only asset we shared is a house that we inherited which is being rented.
The divorce was so simple that we were advised to simply use a paralegal to do the forms, and do the whole thing ourselves. We did so, and have stumbled a bit in the process, mostly because of flaky Paralegals who really did not know what they were doing.
The divorce was filed almost a year ago, and we have floundered along.
We now have a good paralegal who is preparing the financial settlement for us. It should be ready in a few days, and then I will present it to wife for signing.
Here’s the catch, and my question:
There is a woman whom I plan to marry once the divorce is complete. If we file the financial settlement papers, they will give me and my present wife a court date to finalize the divorce that will be several months out, thanks to the efficiency of the LA Superior Court.
is presently 96 years old, and is in rapidly failing health. She adores my fiancée, and she has expressed a deep desire to be present at our wedding. She cannot leave her house, and is pretty much bed-bound. We do not think that she has very long to live. So, we have decided to have our marriage
ceremony performed at her bedside. The problem is that we do not believe that she will live long enough to be able to witness this, if we go through the process of waiting for a court date.
Now, a few weeks ago, I went before a Judge “ExParte” to ask if she could grant me a Bifurcation to allow us to be married ASAP. But she denied it, saying something to the effect that it was the wrong venue in which to request this.
So, I am at a bit of a loss. I am looking for a “path” to take from this point on to achieve a divorce ASAP through the process of bifurcation, or requesting an earlier calendar date through some process, or whatever it takes to obtain this divorce ASAP, before my Mother passes. I will receive the Settlement agreement over the next day or so, I will have my wife sign it….and then what do I do? I would also like to have a divorce decree where my wife and I do not have to appear in court, if possible.
So….are you up for this question, experts?...lol
I need some help!!..