A True Default case is when one spouse or partner filed and served on the other spouse or partner a petition for divorce with a court summons, more than 30 days have passed since service of the Petition and Summons, and:
the other spouse or partner did not file a response, and
there is no written agreement about the terms of the separation.
NOTE: You may not need all of these forms. Or you may need more forms. If you're not sure which forms to use, talk to your Family Law Facilitator or a lawyer.
A stamped envelope addressed to the spouse or partner is to be provided to the Clerk's Office so that a copy of the Request can be mailed to him or her.
A default judgment ends the other spouse's or partner's chance to file a Response.
A Judgment may be made based on the Petition (Form FL-100 or FL-103)
As explained earlier, the court will need to see that a Declaration of Disclosure with an Income and Expense (Form FL-150) and a Schedule of Assets and Debts (Form FL-142) OR a Property Declaration (Form FL-160) have been served.
As explained earlier, a Declaration Regarding Service of Disclosure (Form FL-141) must have been filed.
2. Declaration for Default
Any time after the Request to Enter Default has been filed and served, the petitioner is also to fill out and file with the court:
Declaration for Default or Uncontested Dissolution or Legal Separation
A copy of this form must also be served on the other spouse or partner.
To complete the divorce process, someone has to complete and file with the court:
Attach to the Judgment a copy of the forms that clearly show the specific arrangements regarding child custody, visitation, child support, spousal or partner support, property division, and anything else requested as part of the judgment. (The pile of attachments may become quite thick.)
For the form(s) to attach to the judgment if child custody and visitation orders are being requested, click here.
For the forms to attach to the judgment if child, spousal or partner support is being requested, click here.
For the form(s) to attach to the judgment if there is separate property or debt, or community property or debt, to divide, click here.
NOTE: If child support is assigned to the Department of Child Support Services (DCSS) for collection, the judgment MUST include the signature of the DCSS attorney before it is submitted to the court.
4. Notice of Entry of Judgment
With the Judgment (Form FL-180), also file: