In Placer County and throughout California , the respondent is the person being sued in a lawsuit. Another term used is defendant. If your wife files for divorce, for example, she is the petitioner in the case and you are the respondent. Respondents must file a response with the court within 30 days of receive a copy of the lawsuit, otherwise they could default on the case. A respondent is entitled to hire an attorney to help them draft their answer to the petition and represent them in the remainder of the case.
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