A default occurs when a spouse is not responding to the Petition for Dissolution within the required amount of time (20 days if your spouse is an Arizona resident; 30 days for an out-of-state resident). Once the time limit has run out and if your spouse has failed to respond, you can then file for a Notice of Default with the This has the effect of asking the court to grant everything that you have asked for in your petition. Once you have filed the Notice of Default, your spouse has 10 days in which to respond. If they do not respond, then your case will be assigned to a judge to enter a Final Judgment in the form of a Decree of Dissolution. At this default hearing, you must be present at court, otherwise the judge cannot sign the decree and give you your copy.
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