If the court did not put the correct address in the court papers, do I still have rights to the house?

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If the court did not put the correct address in the court papers, do I still have rights to the house?

In my divorce I was granted full possession of our house. My ex-husband took me back to court lied and the judge gave the house back to him but when I read the paperwork the judge put the wrong address, so does that mean that I still have the rights to the house? Wouldn’t he have to go back to court to fix this?

Asked on July 29, 2019 under Family Law, Illinois

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Yes, he needs to go back to court and correct this, BUT he will be able to do so: courts will readily and promptly correct what are obviously "typographic" errors (e.g. entering the wrong address). So rather than stand on this and waste time and money litigating what is a foregone conclusion, unless you have more substantive grounds (see below) to oppose or appeal the order, you'd be better off complying. 
You claim in your question that your ex lied to get the house: if you believe you can substantiate or prove that, challenge the order or ruling on that basis, not an error in the address. How to challenge it depends on the timing, where exactly you are in litigation--given that a house is at stake, consult with an attorney about how best to do this.


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