Default Divorce

Default Divorce Attorney in Shakopee, Minnesota Including Scott County, Carver County and Dakota County

Once a divorce petition has been filed with the court, the responding party has a limited period of time in which to file a response; called an “answer”. If the responding party fails to file that answer in a timely fashion, or fails to answer at all, the petitioning party can move the court for a default. If you are seeking a default divorce, or looking to defend against one, Mr. Peterson is an experienced Minneapolis divorce attorney that can obtain your desired results.

Default proceedings in court

Once a party has defaulted, the petitioning party may put their divorce case on the court docket to have it heard by a judge. The judge will hold what is called a “default hearing” on the matter. So long as the petition establishes a legal basis for a divorce, the judge will give the petitioning party all of the relief they have requested.

Reopening a default divorce

In some instances, a judge may reopen a default case for “good cause” and allow it to proceed as a contested divorce matter. What constitutes “good cause” can vary depending on the circumstances, but examples are as follows:

  • The party was not properly served with the divorce petition
  • The party was deployed as a member of the armed forces
  • The party was physically unable to file an answer within the time period

If you are seeking to receive or defend against a default divorce, you need the help of an experienced family law attorney like Mr. Peterson to obtain the best results in your case.

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