How long is a petition for divorce valid?
Divorce papers that have not been filed do not expire (whereas if a marital settlement agreement that has been filed but not ratified will be dismissed by the court for lack of record activity in 1 year). When you say you signed a petition I assume you also mean a marital settlement agreement.
What happens after a divorce petition is filed?
After a divorce/dissolution petition is filed with the court, the petitioner (usually through his or her lawyer) makes sure that the petition is “served” (legally delivered) on the other spouse. He or she must respond to (“answer”) the petition within a certain time (usually about three weeks).
How do I respond to divorce papers without a lawyer?
How to respondFill out the Affidavit. Fill out the Affidavit in Response form (PDF, 15 KB). Fill out the relevant forms. If the applicant is applying for custody, access, child or spousal support. Copy your documents. File your forms. Serve your affidavits. File the affidavit with the court. Go to court.
Can you fight a default divorce?
In California, it is even possible to get a default divorce if a petitioner does not personally serve the defendant a copy of the complaint. You can’t take back or rescind the divorce once the courts have finalized it, even if the defendant never received the petition and did not know a spouse filed for divorce.
What happens at a default hearing?
A default hearing is when you come to court to tell the judge about your case and ask the judge for default judgment. When your case is called, the judge will first ask that you be sworn to tell the truth. The judge will make sure that the papers in the court file show that service of process was complete.