Q: Can I continue with my divorce proceedings in Northern California if the divorce was filed in Southern California?
My ex filed for divorce in Southern Cali a few years back. We have yet to finalize it. I would like to hire an attorney in Northern California since this is now where I live (We both have since left S. California). My ex's attorney is based out of Southern California. Is it possible to continue with the divorce/custody proceedings in Northern California even though everything is filed in Southern California?
A: Under certain limited circumstances you may be able to file a motion to change venue. If there are minor children involved and they have moved to No. Cal. and have lived there for more than 3 consecutive months, it may make sense to move the venue to a court closer to where the minor children live. Otherwise, you can continue to proceed with the case where it already is. If court appearances become necessary, with today's technology and the current pandemic, accommodations can be made for a remote appearance. You can also hire local (So. Cal.) counsel to handle things for you. Seems to me if the case is "several years" old, it should be moved towards its conclusion and closed.
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