The vast majority of attorneys are extremely honest. You can check out the attorneys here on AVVO. Although you have a Default hearing coming up, that does not mean it is too late for your spouse to turn it into a contested divorce. To properly answer your questions and address your concerns, the best way to handle this is by retaining an experienced matrimonial attorney. You need the best attorney you can afford, do not let geographic considerations be a factor in your choice of an attorney. Pick the best lawyer you can find and remember one rule: a good lawyer is generally never cheap, and a cheap lawyer is generally never good so don't choose based on price.
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A default hearing is the final step in finalizing the divorce. It is simply a hearing where you will request what you want out of the divorce if you are the one that filed. If the other party filed, you would need to file a motion to get into the case. Based on your circumstances, it would be best to contact an experienced family law attorney to address your specific concerns and to ensure you understand your rights.
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