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Definition: Defendant
Definition: Defendant
Roseville Family Law Legal Glossary

Family Law Glossary: Defendant

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A lawsuit is brought against the defendant, who must respond to the allegations contained in the petition. Another term for defendant is “respondent,” which is commonly used in California divorce cases. The defendant must file a response with the court within a certain amount of time, otherwise he or she defaults on the lawsuit. A defendant in a Placer County family law matter has the right to hire an attorney to help him or her and should do so as soon as possible.


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