In a divorce in California it is important to understand who is the petitioner and who is the respondent in a divorce. The language used in a divorce and have brief familiarity with the terms, or jargon that will be used in the divorce process. Initially, you may feel overwhelmed with the jargon used when referencing your divorce matter. The best advice is to do some research over the internet regarding basic terms used in a divorce. If you are wondering who the petitioner and respondent are in a divorce you have come to the right place.
When a divorce begins the courts, attorneys and other will refer to the two parties involved as the petitioner and the respondent. The petitioner is the party who files for divorce first. The respondent is the party who will be required to respond to the petitioner's filing in a timely manner. These two names for the parties will make it easier for all involved to refer to a certain party.
If you would like to be known as the petitioner in the divorce filing it is important to submit your divorce paperwork first and in a timely manner. Depending which paperwork is received by the court first will determine who will be named the petitioner and the respondent. Further, along with the title of petitioner and respondent are important dates that both parties need to keep in mind. After the initial filing of the divorce the respondent has a limited time to respond. If the divorce is not responded to in time the divorce will go into default. You will want to be sure that due dates and deadlines do not lapse.
For further information or clarification regarding petitioner's and respondent's in a divorce please call a family law attorney. Call Yanez & Associates today at 714-971-8000 for your free initial consultation today! The attorney's at the firm are looking forward to assisting you with your family law matter.