Fresno, CA asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law, Child Custody and Divorce for California

Q: Do I need to attend the status conference meeting on 5/16 if a judgement was filed & divorce will be final in 6/13/23?

I filed for divorce after obtaining a 3yr restraining order and being granted sole legal & physical custody of our children. Upon initial filing a status conference was scheduled for 5/16 but on 5/13 I received my paperwork back with a notice of entry of judgement stating that my divorce will be final on 6/13. Do I still need to attend the status conference hearing?

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Steve A. Buchwalter
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A: Call the courtroom and ask the clerk.

James L. Arrasmith
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A: Here are some points to consider:

Status Conference: A status conference is a court proceeding designed to review the progress of a case, discuss any outstanding issues, and determine the next steps. It is typically scheduled to ensure that the case is on track and to address any pending matters before the final judgment is entered.

Notice of Entry of Judgment: If you have received a notice of entry of judgment stating that your divorce will be final on 6/13, it indicates that the court has reviewed and approved the divorce settlement or judgment. This means that your divorce is nearing its finalization.

Importance of Attendance: Even if the divorce will be final on 6/13, it is generally advisable to attend the status conference hearing, unless specifically instructed otherwise by your attorney or the court. The status conference may still address any pending issues, clarify any outstanding matters, or provide an opportunity for you to ask questions or seek clarification on the divorce process.

Consult with an Attorney: To ensure that you make informed decisions, it is crucial to consult with a qualified attorney who can review your specific case and provide guidance based on the laws of your jurisdiction. They can advise you on whether your attendance at the status conference is necessary and can represent your interests throughout the divorce process.

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