The more I talk about it and write about it, the faster word is spreading on how to streamline your divorce using the Hybrid Divorce Judgment.
The hybrid divorce is simply that. A cross between a Uncontested divorce and a Default divorce case. So lets back up a little first and talk about these two types of divorce cases which will help you better understand the Hybrid divorce.
An uncontested case is one where both parties have entered the case. One party has filed the Petition for divorce and the other party filed a Response and they will enter into a written agreement regarding the terms of their divorce.
A default case is where one party has filed for the divorce and the other party does not respond. This can be intentional or because the other party is not going to participate or has not participated at all and you want to move on.
Now, on to the hybrid. The hybrid divorce is one where the Petitioner files for divorce and the other party is not going to respond and default (purposely) but the parties are still going to enter into a written agreement.
So you can see it has the elements of both the default divorce and the uncontested divorce. The difference between a true default and a hybrid is that in the true default, you can submit the request to enter default after 30 days where with the hybrid divorce, you will submit the default along with the written agreement and judgment.
The only difference between the uncontested case and the hybrid divorce case is that there will be no response filed with the hybrid divorce. Aside from not completing a response, you will do all the same paperwork as the uncontested divorce case.
The reason this streamlines you divorce is because you do not have to file a response and once the case if filed you can start working on your financial disclosures and toward a written agreement. The other aspect of the hybrid divorce is that you avoid paying that second filing fee for filing the response. This saves you $435.