My divorce case has lasted almost two years with the past six months spent waiting on the judge to issue his final ruling.
Every couple weeks my divorce lawyers calls for a status update and is informed by the court clerk that a ruling is coming “soon.”
Are there any steps I can take to force a ruling from the judge? My entire life is on hold while I wait for the decision.
I am unable to give you legal advice on divorce. I can give general divorce help for men, though, my knowledge is based on Pennsylvania divorce laws where I am licensed to practice.
Unfortunately, there are no steps that one can take to force a ruling. Different courts operate on different time schedules. Although some may be quick to give a ruling, others may require a lengthy wait before you receive any decision from the court.
Your divorce lawyer has a fiduciary duty to keep you reasonably informed about the status of a matter and promptly comply with reasonable requests for information. It appears that your attorney has been regularly calling the court to check on the status of the matter.
If you feel more comfortable, you can ask your attorney for a status letter in writing as opposed to verbal communication. Other than that, as nerve-racking as it may be, it is still a waiting game.
Remember, I am unable to provide you with anything more than divorce tips for men, so please consult with a divorce lawyer in your jurisdiction.