How do I know if my spouse respond to divorce papers?
Your spouse is supposed to mail a copy to you. You can also check with the Family Court Central Intake Center after the 21 days are up to see whether your spouse has filed an Answer. You can check in person or you can call (202-879-1212). You can also go to the Family Court Self-Help Center and ask them to check.
What if my spouse filed for divorce first?
If you file first, you control when the divorce gets filed. You can decide to cancel the divorce, as long as she hasn't filed a response. You have until your spouse files an answer to your complaint to cancel the divorce. By filing first you are the plaintiff and she will be the defendant.
How long after divorce is filed do you get served?
60 daysHow long do I have to serve the papers? You have 60 days from the day you file your divorce papers to serve your spouse. If you are not able to serve within that time, you can request more time. You should request more time before the 60 days is up if you can.