It is a very bad idea to ignore this. If you ignore this and fail to retain counsel, a default judgment will be entered against you for everything that your spouse requested---including alimony and assets. Once judgment is issued against you, your wife and her attorneys can take steps to collect it, including garnishing you wages, taking over your bank account etc. In short, ignoring this would be a major mistake. You need to retain family law counsel to represent you in this matter.
Your spouse will win a default judgment.
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If you do not take any action, you will eventually have a divorce by default, which may include, among other things, an order for you to pay support to your spouse. Thus, I suggest you take a moment to consult with a local attorney to review all your rights, options and obligations in this situation. Good luck!
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