QUESTION: MY SPOUSE HAS RECEIVED THE DIVORCE PAPERS, WHAT NEXT?
ANSWER: IT DEPENDS, BUT GENERALLLY ONE OF 3 POSSIBILITIES:
1. A Default Judgment
2. The case is settled
3. The case goes to trial
1) Default Judgment: Once the Respondent (your spouse) receives their official copy of the Divorce petition, they have thirty days to file an Answer to the Petition. An Answer responds to each and every statement you have made in the divorce Petition. The usual answers c
QUESTION: I DIDN'T TELL MY SPOUSE I WAS FILING FOR DIVORCE. HOW WILL THEY LEARN OF THE CASE?
ANSWER: THE PETITION WILL BE SERVED ON YOUR SPOUSE
Once the Petition for divorce is filed with the Court, the non-filing spouse (Respondent) must receive service of process of the Petition. This means the Respondent must “officially” receive a copy of the Petition. The service of process of the Petition is very important. As with most things, there is an easy way and a hard way fo