What happens if the respondent does not show up in family court?

Like winning the lottery, it does happen, but not very often. Parties rarely fail to appear for proceedings in family court. But if and when they do, the court can respond in different ways.

Now, if a party does not appear due to circumstances beyond his/her control, the court will almost certainly be lenient with that party.

If, however, a party simply forgets to appear, doesn’t care to appear, or deliberately chooses not to appear, then depending upon what kind of proceeding the party failed to attend, the court could re-schedule the proceeding or, in some cases, enter default judgment against the party who failed to appear (default judgment means, in this situation, that judgment was entered against the party who failed to appear by default–because the party did not appear).

Utah Family Law, LC | | 801-466-9277

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