When you file for a divorce in Sacramento, Calif., you are required to submit all the necessary paperwork and serve your spouse with the needed documents before the divorce can be finalized. You will receive a judgment, usually by mail, from the court when your divorce is complete. This process usually takes four to six weeks after all documents have been submitted. If you don't receive this judgment, your divorce is not final. Failure to receive a judgment may very well mean something has not been completed in the divorce process. It is ultimately your responsibility to discover exactly what still needs to be done to make your divorce final.
Wait for six months after a divorce was filed and you or your spouse was served. In California, a married couple must wait for at least six months after completing the divorce paperwork and procedures before a divorce can be issued through a judgment of dissolution. This "cooling off" period cannot be shortened or waived.
Obtain your case file. If you do not know if you have received a judgment, and the six-month period has passed, your case file can enlighten you. You will need to go to the William R. Ridgeway Family Relations Courthouse Room 100 to obtain your case file. Case file information is not available over the phone. You will need to give the clerk your case number to receive the file.
Open your file and look for the Notice of Entry of Judgment. If this is not in your case file, you are not divorced and may still need to submit or correct filed documents. If the Notice of Entry of Judgment is in your case file, look for the effective date of termination. If the date has passed, you are divorced. If it is a future date, you will need to wait for that day for your marriage to be dissolved.