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Legal Information: North Dakota


March 19, 2020

Step 4. Your Spouse Answers

After your spouse has been served, s/he is given 20 days to answer.1

If s/he does not answer, a judge will usually give you what you asked for in your petition.  This is called a default judgment.

If s/he answers and agrees with everything, then also you get what you asked for.  This is an uncontested divorce.  If one of these two things happens, you usually skip to Step 7.

If s/he does disagree with something, then your divorce is a contested divorce.  If s/he doesn’t agree, then you have go to the next step.