Let’s start with a simple proposition: Each party involved in a family law case should make sure that the clerk of the court has updated contact information for that party. It seems easy, but taking this small step could prevent big headaches in the future.
I have heard of cases where a party has moved in the middle of the case, did not inform anyone, then complained afterwards that he had not received notice of an important hearing. I also have seen cases where a petitioner (the party initiating the case) provides the clerk with the wrong address for the respondent (the party responding to the petition), and the clerk sends information to the incorrect address for the entire duration of the case.
I have even encountered this scenario: Parties get divorced. In the final judgment, Husband is required to pay Wife alimony. After the divorce, Wife moves to a different apartment in the same apartment complex. Husband sends alimony payments to Wife’s old address, but they get delivered to the new addressed because Postal Worker knows and likes Wife (and especially the gift certificates to Best Buy that Wife gives to Postal Worker each Christmas).
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