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Divorce papers filed in wrong county

Discussion in 'Lawyers, Legal Practice, Ethics & the Bar' started by Brandon Zimmerman, Sep 23, 2019.

  1. Brandon Zimmerman

    Brandon Zimmerman Law Topic Starter New Member

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    I was recently served divorce papers. Kansas legal services prepared the paperwork for my soon to be ex wife. After looking over paperwork it was filed in Sedgwick County ks. we both reside in Pratt, ks. There are address discrepencies such as possesion of the house is an address in wichita. Once again we both reside in Pratt, Ks. What do i do who do i contact and how do i go about contacting them. It seems to me all the paperwork is botched. Thank You
     
  2. adjusterjack

    adjusterjack Super Moderator

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    The way you asked those questions suggests that you would be wise to have an attorney.

    However, if you want to go it alone you file a response to the petition that includes a motion for change of venue to Pratt County on the grounds that you both reside there. As for errors, they can easily be corrected.
     
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  3. zddoodah

    zddoodah Well-Known Member

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    Does your wife have a lawyer, or is she representing herself? The obvious first step is to call her or her lawyer and point out that the paperwork was filed in the wrong county and ask that she dismiss the case and re-file in the proper county. If she doesn't do that, then you file a motion to change venue to the proper county. I suggest you consult with a local divorce attorney.
     
  4. Brandon Zimmerman

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  5. Brandon Zimmerman

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    Thank you Kansas legal services did the paperwork for her. I wasnt sure if i could just send an e mail or if i needed to contact Kansas legal services through a court document.
     
  6. Red Kayak

    Red Kayak Active Member

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    Have you tried calling Kansas Legal Services' 800 number?
     
  7. adjusterjack

    adjusterjack Super Moderator

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    Unless Kansas Legal Services is listed on the petition as your wife's attorney, I doubt that KLS will do anything but refer you to your wife, which is what you should be doing anyway if she is acting as her own attorney.

    If she doesn't cooperate, you'll have to file appropriate court papers. Phone calls, emails, letters to the judge, none of that counts.
     
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    Could it be that the paperwork reflected the address of someone's paramour?

    I've seen that happen a couple of times just to throw salt in the woulds of the other spouse.

    I've also seen plenty of mistakes made by the sloppy, carelessness of the form filler.
     
  9. zddoodah

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    You already told us that, and it doesn't answer the question I asked: Does your wife have a lawyer, or is she representing herself?
     

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