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Motion to vacate California divorce judgment for fraud and perjury

A motion to vacate a California dissolution (divorce) judgment on the grounds of fraud and perjury is the topic of this blog post.   Vacating a divorce judgment in California on the grounds of fraud is filed under the provisions of Family Code section 2122(a), and on the grounds of perjury is filed under Family Code section 2122(b). This motion can also be filed in a legal separation or nullity case in California as well.

A motion under either subdivision (a) or (b) of section 2122 must be filed within one year after the date on which the complaining party either did discover, or should have discovered, the fraud or perjury. Note that a California Court of Appeal has stated that the Family Code § 2122(a) and (b) one-year periods do not begin to run on the date that he or she began to suspect the fraud or perjury, but only begins to run on the date that he or she discovered the facts constituting the fraud or perjury.

Family Code § 2122 states in pertinent part that, “The grounds and time limits for a motion to set aside a judgment, or any part or parts thereof, are governed by this section and shall be one of the following:

(a) Actual fraud where the defrauded party was kept in ignorance or in some other manner was fraudulently prevented from fully participating in the proceeding. An action or motion based on fraud shall be brought within one year after the date on which the complaining party either did discover, or should have discovered, the fraud.

(b) Perjury. An action or motion based on perjury in the preliminary or final declaration of disclosure, the waiver of the final declaration of disclosure, or in the current income and expense statement shall be brought within one year after the date on which the complaining party either did discover, or should have discovered, the perjury.”

This procedure is very helpful to anyone involved in California family law proceedings who discovers that the other party has committed fraud or perjury in the underlying family law proceeding. Note that the moving party must make a showing that they would materially benefit from the granting of the motion to vacate.

The perjury could involve perjured declarations of disclosure (see Family Code §§ 2104(a), 2105(a)—referring to the commission of perjury “by a party”) and a perjured Family Code § 2105(d) waiver of the final declaration of disclosure, this ground could also occur by signing the waiver without fully complying with the statutory fiduciary disclosure obligations … because, by executing a § 2105(d) waiver, each party is representing under penalty of perjury that those obligations have been fulfilled. See Family Code § 2105(d)(5).

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Please note that the author of this blog post, Stan Burman is NOT an attorney and as such is unable to provide any specific legal advice. The author is NOT engaged in providing any legal, financial, or other professional services, and any information contained in this blog post is NOT intended to constitute legal advice.

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