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Default divorce in Alabama

On Behalf of | Mar 15, 2022 | Divorce

When it comes to the divorce process, you need to realize that every couple finds themselves in a unique position. Aside from various factors such as children and finances, couples can approach their divorce in different ways. Sometimes, a married couple can work together to end their marriage amicably, while others become involved in an emotional dispute. In some instances, people end their marriage through a default divorce.

Whether your spouse is not responding to the divorce complaint or you are considering whether moving forward with a default divorce is the right decision, it is vital to familiarize yourself with this aspect of divorce.

A brief overview of default divorce

According to information published by the Alabama Administrative Office of Courts, a default divorce involves one party failing to respond to a divorce complaint or failing to appear in court after they received a divorce complaint copy. A 30-day deadline generally applies to divorce cases and if you, as a defendant, fail to respond to a divorce complaint within this timeframe, your spouse could move ahead with a default divorce.

Potential concerns regarding default divorce

It is essential to recognize certain concerns with respect to default divorce. In some instances, couples move forward with such a divorce in order to minimize costs and end the marriage quickly. However, if you fail to file a response, you will not have a voice during the divorce, and the other party could get whatever they ask for.

Make sure you carefully go over your options and understand how the approach you take to your divorce could impact you.

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