You only have 21 calendar days after you were served with a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage with Children to file a Response to Petition for Dissolution of Marriage with Children. You must file the Response with the Clerk of District Court where the Dissolution lawsuit was filed.
The forms come with instructions to help you fill them out, file with the Clerk of District Court, and serve your spouse. You can download the free write-in-the-blank Response to Petition for Dissolution of Marriage with Children at the bottom of this page.
What if the other parent has hurt me or the children?
There are a few important things to know if you are leaving a violent or abusive relationship. The end of a violent relationship is sometimes the most dangerous point for the victim and children. There may be free legal and non-legal help for people leaving a domestic violence relationship. It is a good idea to come up with a safety plan. You may also want to look into getting an Order of Protection. It is important to know that the Court may base some of its decisions on safety concerns for the parents and/or children.
Some courts prefer that you use their local forms. You can find local forms for the 21st Judicial District in Ravalli County on their website.
You can ask the Clerk of District Court if there are local forms they prefer you use.
Need More Information?
If you have any questions about your rights or this form, it would be a good idea to read our Ultimate DIY Guide to Divorce and Custody in Montana.
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