Candace Meyers’ Answer
A divorce case begins by filing a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage with the Clerk of Court. For the Court to have jurisdiction over the responding spouse, he or she either needs to be formally served with a Summons and the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage or there can be a waiver of formal service. To waive formal service, a responding spouse will have an attorney on his or her behalf file their “Appearance” or an individual will file what is called a “Pro-se Appearance” if they wish to represent themselves in the divorce proceeding. If you are served with a Summons and Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, it is important for you to hire an attorney IMMEDIATELY to represent you so that you are not held in default or have orders entered against you where you are not represented.