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What if I Ignore the Divorce Complaint?

Posted By Cairns Law Offices || 15-Jul-2019

Sometimes, when a spouse files for divorce, their husband or wife ignore the divorce complaint. Meaning, they do nothing. Why would someone do nothing? There are different reasons: The individual may not want a divorce, or they may be so busy working, they don’t want to take the time to address it. Or, they may be overwhelmed by the thought of divorce and just can’t deal with it emotionally...this kind of stuff happens.

So, what happens if you ignore your spouse’s divorce complaint? Will it delay the proceeding? Will it stop the divorce dead in its tracks? Will it give your spouse time, so they might come around and change their mind? Or, could it lead to a default divorce?

Divorces Are Lawsuits

Simply put, divorces are lawsuits. They are just like any other legal proceeding. If your spouse files a divorce complaint in court and it’s served upon you, and you fail to respond, the divorce could go on without you. It could proceed without you being represented by an attorney, and you’d have no way to protect your legal rights.

If you have been served a divorce complaint, you should contact a divorce lawyer immediately. If you’re concerned that you can’t afford an attorney, our advice is to contact us at Cairns Law Offices because we offer cheap, no-fault divorces for just $219. However, we only handle no-fault divorces.

If you expect that your spouse is going to fight you over property division or child custody, unfortunately, we cannot represent you. The only way we’re able to keep our services so low is by handling amicable, no-fault divorces. Now, that doesn’t mean you have to agree on everything from the start, it just means you're both willing to work together until you reach a fair divorce settlement.

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To learn more about our cheap, no-fault divorces throughout Pennsylvania, contact us at Cairns Law Offices.