You are responding to a Petition for Dissolution or Legal Separation

Things to consider BEFORE Filing Your Response

If you do not timely file a Response with the Court, the Petitioner may seek to have a Judgment entered. You may not be given notice of the hearing date for the default hearing or when the papers are being submitted. At the default hearing:

  • Orders might be entered by the Court dividing property in a manner with which you do not agree.
  • Orders might be entered by the Court for child support and coverage of expenses for minor children. You may not agree with the amount being ordered by the Court.
  • Orders might be entered by the Court for spousal maintenance (alimony). You may not agree with the amount or duration being ordered by the Court.
  • Orders might be entered for the legal decision-making and parenting time for the minor children. You might not agree with the decisions made by the Court that affect your children.

If you have any doubt about what is being requested by the other party or how things will be determined by the Court, you should (1) seek legal advice and/or (2) timely file a Response.