Can my ex refuse to sign divorce papers?
With any fault-based ground for divorce, as long as you can prove the divorce papers have been served correctly to him, you can proceed with your divorce even if your ex refuses to sign the divorce papers. Only divorce cases that are simple can realistically be done by yourself.
What happens if you don’t sign divorce papers?
You typically have 30 days to respond to divorce papers. A judge can issue what is known as a default judgment if you fail to do so. A default judgment means that the terms proposed by your spouse will be accepted. You’ll lose the opportunity to fight for terms that are more favorable to you.
Why won’t he sign the divorce papers?
If you properly served the divorce petition and your spouse filed an uncontested response, but won’t sign off on the final divorce papers, courts in some states may allow the case to proceed as though it’s uncontested. You may wait to be assigned a court appearance date.
Should a man file for divorce first?
Filing first means that you’ll have all your documentation organized and in a secure location before divorce papers are served. You can ensure you have access to funds and credit before you file. As soon as you think divorce is in your future, you should immediately begin to set aside money for the expenses involved.
Can you date someone if you are separated?
Don’t even consider dating until you have physically separated, even if you or your spouse agree that the marriage is over. The judge (or your spouse) may use it as a reason the marriage failed and (depending on your state’s laws) could lead a judge to award more of the marital assets to your spouse.
Does separated mean single?
What does it mean to be separated? A separation isn’t the same as a divorce. Separation means that you are living apart from your spouse, but you’re still legally married until you get a judgment of divorce from a court (even if you already have a judgment of separation).