If my wife sues for divorce and I am the respondent, do I have to pay a filing fee also? When I respond to her petition with the FL-120 am I required to pay the clerk a fee?
Family Law Attorney
Yes, unless you qualify for a fee waiver.
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In addition to the fee waiver, you will not have to pay the filing fee if you dissolve your marriage by default or default with written agreement. Of course, this is only possible if you (A) agree with everything in the petition and are willing to let her take the default, or (B) are able to enter into a written agreement before she can take your default. Since there is the risk of entering into default without fully understanding the potentially detrimental outcome, I urge you to consult with a family law attorney before doing so.