If you missed the deadline to file your Response to the Petition (30 days after the date of personal service), you will first need to confirm whether or not your spouse has filed a Request to Enter Default. A Default effectively takes away your leverage and your voice. Your spouse is free to proceed without you. Since most of us have at least some assets, money, personal property, gifts, vehicles, debts etc. and some exposure to pay financial support, or right to receive it, it is usually recommended that you file a Response so that you can protect your interests.
Is that too many Requests, Defaults and Responses to quickly? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Keep reading, and we’ll help you decode the deadline dos and don’ts so you’re comfortable with everything.