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Definition: Default
Definition: Default
Roseville Family Law Legal Glossary

Family Law Glossary: Default

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A default in Placer County occurs when the defendant or respondent in a lawsuit fails to respond to the petition within the time permitted. In a Placer County California divorce, the Respondent has 30 days to respond, and the clock starts ticking when he or she receives a summons and a copy of the petition. If your spouse never responds, you may go ahead and ask the court for a judgement of legal separation or divorce by completing certain paperwork. A judge can issue a divorce decree, award custody, and divide community property and debts in a default divorce. Some judges, however, might let your spouse file a response after the deadline.


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