Q) What should I do if my spouse has filed for divorce?
A) You should consult an attorney for advice right away. You may contest the reason claimed for the divorce as well as putting forth your own basis to procure a divorce from your spouse. You may also contest any claims relative to child custody, support, alimony, and/or property division by filing the proper papers and appearing in court. Or you may allow the case to be decided by default if you do not contest the basis for the divorce or you have no children or property, and you do not need any support. However, you will be bound by the judge’s decision. Failure to follow court orders could result in jail time, fines, community service, damages and payment of the other person’s legal fees. It is generally not advisable to allow a case to be decided by default without input from you. Even if you and your spouse have reached an agreement on support, alimony, property distribution, or other issues, each of you should seek a review of the agreement by your own independent attorney. Your attorney will let you know what your rights are, choices you can make and any possible consequences of actions you might take.
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