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What Happens If My Spouse Will Not Sign a Settlement Agreement?

November 08 2021
By Faye Carroll

Even a divorce that both parties want and agree to can become complicated and contentious if one party refuses to sign the necessary paperwork. When this happens, your chance of obtaining a simple uncontested divorce diminishes. 

At that point, the only alternative to obtaining a divorce is to file a Complaint for Divorce with the court, and have the Complaint, along with a court Summons served on your spouse by a Sheriff or private process server. The Summons notifies your spouse that a divorce action has been filed and gives them 21 days to respond.

At this point, it will be in their best interest to finally respond to your filing; if they don’t respond within 21 days, the court may rule it to be an uncontested divorce.

Assuming your spouse does not file a response, we will file the remaining paperwork for an uncontested divorce. 

If you have filed for divorce and are dealing with an uncooperative spouse, you should speak with an experienced divorce attorney to discuss your options, and strategy.  

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