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What to do when your spouse hasn't answered to the dissolution of marriage petition?

by Joanne
(Florida)

How long does a party have to answer to a petition for dissolution of marriage?
What happens if they do not submit an answer in time?
Is there a default judgment made by the court in these cases?
What is a default judgment?

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Answer to Petition for Dissolution of Marriage
by: Debbie Cosby

1) How long does a party have to answer to a petition for dissolution of marriage?
You have 20 days file an Answer to the Petition.
2) What happens if they do not submit an answer in time? A Moton for Default can be filed against you.
3) Is there a default judgment made by the court in these cases? No. You will need to prepare the Motion for Default.
4)What is a default judgment? A binding judgment in favor of a plaintiff when the defendant has not responded to a summons or has failed to appear before a court of law.

These family law forms and other family law forms with instructions can be found and downloaded from the Florida Supreme Court's site - www.flcourts.org

Should you need assistance in filing an answer to a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, please do not hesitate to contact me. I will be more than happy to help. (941) 928-6745.

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