Caroline filed an action in Los Angeles County to annul her 17 day marriage to R.D. Caroline never bothered to serve copies of her action on R.D. During the course of its ordinary case supervision, the family law court twice asked Caroline to give proof that R.D. had been served, or risk having her case dismissed. Neither time did she bother to show up at court at the appointed time to give such proof. After the second missed opportunity, the court dismissed Caroline’s case.
Surprisingly Caroline filed an appeal challenging the dismissal. Not surprisingly the appellate court rejected the appeal.
The take away from this case? You cannot ask the court to end a marriage without letting the other side know.