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Understanding how a default divorce works

On Behalf of | Nov 11, 2022 | Divorce

Every divorce is different, and you could have a number of different options if you are approaching the end of your marriage or your spouse has filed for a divorce. Sometimes, couples can work together and end their marriage in an amicable manner. On the other hand, some divorces become particularly nasty, especially over issues such as child custody, alimony, child support and the division of marital property.

It is important to realize your rights and obligations. For example, if you do not respond to a divorce petition in a timely manner, you could find yourself in the middle of a default divorce.

What is a default divorce?

According to the Texas State Law Library, a default divorce occurs when a party does not file a response to a divorce petition. For example, if your spouse files a divorce petition and you do not do anything, your divorce will go into default after a certain period of time. A default divorce, along with an agreed divorce, counts as an uncontested divorce.

What are the pros and cons of a default divorce?

For starters, you need to realize that if your divorce enters default, you become voiceless. You will lose the ability to stand up for yourself with respect to various legal issues, such as those involving your finances and children. Moreover, you may not fully understand certain terms or aspects of the divorce, which could lead to consequences later on.

That said, uncontested divorces often allow people to save time and money. If you are dealing with a divorce, make sure you have a clear understanding of strategies that suit your individual needs best.