Read more: To Respond or Not to Respond when Served with Divorce?
However, If there are issues such as spousal support, child custody & support, division of property etc. the Respondent may wish to Respond within the 30 day time frame to protect his/her legal rights. The Respondent can then try to forge an agreement on the issues. An agreement, in most cases, will also avoid a court appearance and will be considerably less expensive. If the parties cannot forge an agreement on issues, a trial will be necessary to address the issues. This is the more costly option.
Due to the fact that Divorce law is complex, it is best to have a consultation with the Lawyer to determine whether it is better for you ‘To Respond’ or ‘Not Respond’.