The case can move forward without you
The court will make decisions based on the information from your spouse, and what the law says, without hearing your side.
What your spouse asks for is likely what the court will order
Read the papers your spouse files carefully. This is the information the court will have to make its decision.
Learn more about your options before deciding to not respond
Consider other options like a default with agreement
If you don’t respond, follow your case to make sure your divorce is final
A default doesn’t mean your divorce happens right away. It takes at least 6 months from when you first got the Petition for a divorce to finish. Your spouse will need to complete more steps and a judge will need to sign the final papers (the Judgment).
Confirm you’re divorced
The court will mail you a Notice of Entry of Judgment (form FL-190). The date your relationship legally ends or ended is in a box on the middle of the Notice of Entry of Judgment.
Review your Judgment
Review the Judgment (form FL-180) and any attachments to it. It says what the court ordered about your property, care of any children in common, and support.