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In CA the responding party would only have thirty days to respond to a dissolution action. To get alimony you would also have to file what is known as a Request for Order (FL-300) for spousal support. This would get you a hearing approximately one month after filing. Again you would serve this paperwork on the opposing party and if he/she wants to oppose it they have to file in writing an opposition 9 court days (excluding holidays and weekends) an opposition before the hearing. IN CA you CANNOT file for support without filing for divorce or legal separation as there would be no court proceeding to attach it too. The general rule in CA is that you get spousal support for 1/2 the length of the marriage if the marriage was under 10 years and for the remainder of your life until you remarry if the marriage was over 10 years.
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What is the usual wait time between the date I file my response to a petition to the court date (if it goes to trial)? (Im not talking about the date for the spousal support hearing)
My husband has filed the divorce, and I will file a response, agreeing to the divorce, but I know it will be a contested one, since we will not be able to work out an agreement on most matters, hence I say it will likely get to a trial.
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