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There are strict filing deadlines with time periods and some use “calendar days” and some use “court days”. This can make the different between a timely filing and non timely filing. In addition to the holidays, the San Diego Superior Court for Family Law Cases such as legal separation, paternity and divorce cases is closed on each Friday at 12pm. For example, if a motion for custody and visitation is served on you for a legal separation, divorce or paternity case, you must file your responsive pleadings within the local rules of the San Diego Superior Court. If this is served in the middle of November of 2014, for example, the Court is closed on Thanksgiving and the Day After Thanksgiving and then, of course, on Saturday and Sunday. As such, if you are served one week before Thanksgiving, this will mean two court holidays will need to be taken into consideration for any responsive filing deadlines. In addition, it is very frustrating to travel to the court house [whether downtown San Diego, Chula Vista, Vista or El Cajon] only to find the court house closed or the Clerk’s Office closed and have wasted several hours.What Are The Exact Court Holidays for 2014?
Whether your family law case is a paternity, legal separation or divorce, the Court is closed on the below dates and, as you will note, the majority are on Monday.
|HOLIDAY||DAY OF WEEK||DATE|
|NEW YEARS DAY||WEDNESDAY||JANUARY 1, 2014|
|MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. BIRTHDAY||MONDAY||JANUARY 20, 2014|
|LINCOLN’S BIRTHDAY||WEDNESDAY||FEBRUARY 12, 2014|
|PRESIDENTS’ DAY||MONDAY||FEBRUARY 17, 2014|
|CESAR CHAVEZ DAY||MONDAY||MARCH 31, 2014|
|MEMORIAL DAY||MONDAY||MAY 26, 2014|
|INDEPENDENCE DAY||FRIDAY||JULY 4, 2014|
|LABOR DAY||MONDAY||SEPTEMBER 1, 2014|
|COLUMBUS DAY||MONDAY||OCTOBER 13, 2014|
|VETERANS DAY||TUESDAY||NOVEMBER 11, 2014|
|THANKSGIVING DAY||THURSDAY||NOVEMBER 27, 2014|
|DAY AFTER THANKSGIVING||FRIDAY||NOVEMBER 28, 2014|
|CHRISTMAS||THURSDAY||DECEMBER 25, 2014|
An experienced law firm, such as Doppelt and Forney, APLC, can assist with filings and making sure all pleadings are timely filed and served. Their firm uses computer programs to assist with the Judicial Council Forms as well as Court calendaring and deadlines. Their firm represents parents and spouses in family law cases in San Diego County and can assist you. Please do not hesitate to contact them for a complimentary and confidential consultation.