In significant legal situations that penalizes individuals if they are
not who they claim they are, courts often require notarization of your
signature. In regards to
divorce proceedings, some documents must be notarized while others do not. Notaries
confirm your identity and ensure you understand what you are signing.
What Types of Divorce Requires Notarization?
There is only one case where you need to have a signature notarized, which
is a “default with agreement” divorce. This type of divorce
is one where you file for divorce, your spouse fails to respond, but you
enter into a written agreement anyway (yes, it is possible to enter into
a written agreement without filing a response to a divorce).
If you wish to proceed with your divorce in this manner, the respondent
is required to have their signature notarized when you submit the judgment.
Since the respondent never filed a response, the courts wants to ensure
that the respondent is really the person he or she claims to be and not
someone else entirely.
uncontested divorce and true default divorce do not require notary in California. An uncontested
case is when one party files for divorce and other responds, officially
entering the case willingly so notarization is not required to prove identity.
A true default divorce case is one where you file for divorce and the
other party is not involved at all (refusing to file a response, complete
paperwork, or enter into a written agreement).
If you require experienced legal assistance to file for divorce in Westlake
Village, CA or the surrounding area,
contact the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Graff and schedule a
free consultation today.