When going through a divorce there are a lot of court documents that need to be prepared. This is especially true when entering into a Marital Settlement Agreement with your ex. The last thing on your mind when preparing and reviewing the numerous documents is if you have to have your signature notarized. Usually, there is no need to have your signature notarized. However, there is one specific time when your signature has to be notarized.
For example, if you have been served with a Summons and Petition for Divorce and received extensions to file an answer in order to reach a settlement with your ex-spouse your signature must be notarized. In other words, when you have not made an appearance in the court proceedings, the Court requires proof that the signature on the Marital Settlement Agreement is who the signature says it is. This is to protect against fraud and to ensure the party, who has not appeared, but is signing does not come back and contest the signature is not his/hers.
If you are going through a divorce in Los Angeles please contact our office to schedule a 30-minute consultation, and if you believe a settlement is on the horizons please contact our office to ensure your interests are fully protected in the agreement.