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Responding to a divorce case

On Behalf of | Oct 22, 2021 | divorce

There are many different issues you need to take into consideration if your spouse recently filed for a divorce. For example, if you have kids or high net worth, you could lose sleep over child custody and the financial impact of your marriage coming to an end.

Some people have uncertainty with the divorce process in general, such as those who find out their spouse filed for a divorce and do not know what to do with respect to filing a response.

How long do you have to respond to a divorce case?

According to the Maryland Courts’ website, if your ex files for divorce and you are a resident of Maryland, the court gives you 30 days to file a response. If you reside in another state, the court gives you 60 days to respond. Those living outside of the United States have 90 days to respond.

What happens if you don’t respond to a divorce case?

If you fail to file a response to a divorce petition, your ex could have the judge enter a default judgment. Under a default judgment, you could lose the ability to have a say in your divorce and your ex could secure everything they request. From property division to child custody, this can create many challenges.

Moreover, some people trust their ex and choose not to file a response because they believe a default divorce is easier. However, they may not understand everything their former partner is requesting in their petition and they could have a very unfavorable outcome. Make sure you take the right approach to your divorce and safeguard your interests.