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The potential drawbacks of a default divorce

On Behalf of | Jun 29, 2023 | Divorce

If you are in the middle of ending your marriage, want to approach the divorce process or your spouse recently filed for a divorce, it is pivotal to understand the options in front of you. The steps you take could have a significant impact on your future, whether you have concerns about your children, your property or other facets of your life that divorce could affect.

Sometimes, people end their marriage through a default divorce, believing that this strategy saves time and money. However, it is crucial to understand the potential consequences of this approach, especially if you are the defaulting spouse.

What is a default divorce?

According to the Louisiana State Legislature, courts in the state could approve a default divorce if the case meets certain conditions. During a default divorce, a spouse fails to file a response to a divorce petition filed by the other party after receiving a certified copy. Sometimes, default divorces occur because the defaulting party refuses to cooperate.

What problems can arise due to a default divorce?

It is important for parties on both sides to understand the potential drawbacks of a default divorce. For the filing spouse, a default divorce could become derailed if the other party decides to raise an objection at a later point. If you are the defaulting spouse, a default divorce means you become voiceless during the divorce process and have no input with respect to property division, child custody, spousal support and other issues.

Sometimes, defaulting parties find themselves deceived by their spouse or do not understand the terms of the divorce clearly. It is critical to understand the potential consequences of a default divorce and take the best approach to the divorce process.

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