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Answering a Motion for a Default Divorce Judgment – Informational Guide


This Informational Guide provides a basic, step-by-step guide for answering a motion for a default divorce judgment.

The Plaintiff in a divorce case may make a motion for a default divorce judgment when they can prove that the Defendant was served the Summons and Complaint for divorce and did not answer within 21 days of service.

DO NOT DELAY! The Defendant in a divorce case has either 14 or 17 days to oppose the motion for a default divorce judgment by answering the motion in writing.  If the Defendant misses the deadline, the court may grant the divorce without the Defendant’s input.

This Guide includes an Appendix of formatting examples of documents commonly required to answer a motion for a default divorce judgment.

However, this Guide does not include fillable forms.

IMPORTANT: ND Legal Self Help Center staff and court employees are not allowed to give legal advice and cannot help you create legal documents or complete any forms. If you are unsure how to proceed, consult an attorney.

Answer a Motion for Default Divorce Judgment – Informational Guide

Appendix of Formatting Examples:

Documents ALL Opposing Parties Will Need:

Document Opposing Parties WITH Children MAY Need:

Document Opposing Parties WITHOUT Children MAY Need:

If you do not understand any of this information, or if you have trouble filling out any of the forms located here, please see an attorney for help.

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