Overwhelmed by the high number of new divorce filings this summer, the courts of California are slowly grinding to a halt. Not completely of course, but do not hold your breath after you file for your divorce… you may die from lack of oxygen before getting your divorce final judgment.
Under extreme financial pressures at all levels of the State and County governments in California, numerous work furloughs, short work weeks and forced days off with no pay for many State and County workers, as well as the seasonal high numbers of summertime divorce filings, there is a bottleneck of new cases that has overwhelmed most Family Law Courtrooms in California. This only adds to the stress, anger and distrust most couples feel when all they desire is an end to their stress, anger and distrust! Divorce was never fun or easy… now it is even worse.
In an age of nearly instant everything in our lives, and with California still having pockets of recovery and financial prosperity for the few lucky enough to be in the right business at the right time, it is more difficult for those who are new to the divorce process to understand that some divorces take longer than the length of their marriages!
California Law requires a 6 month term for the divorce process, and of course there are those who can speed this up in the event that they can prove “emergency” need such is the case of a pending re-marriage. The bifurcation process allows the court to grant your divorce decree prior to the 6 month waiting period expiration, but this is not guaranteed nor advisable in all cases. Clearly the legislatures attempt to enforce a “cooling off” period during the divorce process was well intentioned, but is now seen as archaic and outdated. Tough economic struggles plague the Nation as a whole, and as more and more couples marriages implode from the onslaught of financial chaos, there can only be more struggles for these victims of this ongoing recession (The Great Depression of 2007 – 2012 and or beyond).
Frustrated Californian’s need patience and understanding now more than ever as they jump into a divorce, and unfortunately, almost all who do are sadly disappointed with the process.