Kendra Wilkinson and Hank Baskett filed for divorce in April 2018, citing irreconcilable differences. After going back and forth on resolving the issues arising out of their separation and divorce, apparently they came to an agreement on everything, including child custody and visitation, and submitted their settlement to the court.
Not so fast, my friends. The Los Angeles County Court rejected their request for a divorce, all because the documents listed a wrong date for jurisdictional purposes, and some box wasn’t checked on another form. While these are minor errors, and the estranged couple will eventually get divorced after everything is fixed and resubmitted to the court, there could be some ramifications for the delay, including potential tax problems, estate issues, and beneficiary mix-ups.
The Wilkinson/Baskett is a great example of why you should always hire an experienced divorce lawyer to assist you in any divorce-related matters. Even the most mundane of tasks can be messed up, resulting in bigger problems down the road. For a divorce attorney, it is always easier to spot an issue at the outset than to try and fix a problem after the damage is done.
By far the most common scenario where things get messed up is when someone signs a marital settlement agreement without consulting a divorce lawyer, then realizes he or she isn’t happy with that agreement. You can imagine that, if simply forgetting to check a box can cause a hold up in getting your divorce finalized, how mistakes in a settlement agreement can result in major problems. Many of those problems can’t be fixed (such as agreements on property), or are extraordinarily costly to change (such as agreements on support or custody). In the meantime, you are stuck with them until either agrees to change your agreement or a court orders that it be changed.
It sounds like Kendra Wilkinson and Hank Baskett are on their way toward an uncontested divorce. Even this process is not a walk in the park. For an uncontested divorce, meaning all your issues are resolved and you just need the court to grant you a divorce, you still need to file all the right things and prove to the court that you are entitled to a divorce. That means filing a complaint for divorce, alleging all the things the court requires; providing all the testimony the court needs to hear before it will grant you are divorce; and submitting all the paperwork the court must have to sign off on a final order of divorce.
The good news is that the court doesn’t have the authority to deny you a divorce if you are eligible for one and you are asking to get divorced. You may hit a few snags, submit a wrong date, or forget to check a box, but all those things can be corrected. If you submit the right documentation, the court can’t reject your divorce filings. You just need to make sure you do everything correctly, probably with the help of a family law attorney.
Contact a Wayside Legal Divorce Attorney
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