what is a order of default
An order of default is when a default judgment is granted. This usually occurs when the other party fails to respond to court papers that are served to him/her. As a result, the other party will usually be granted everything that he/she asks for in the petition/complaint.
I am a practicing maryland attorney and when an order of default has been entered by the court, it means that Defendant has failed to respond to the divorce complaint in a timely manner and now the case will move forward without the Defendant and the Plaintiff can typically get all the relief he/she requested in the complaint for divorce. So, even if the Defendant shows up for the hearing, he/she will not be able to present a defense... unless custody is involved. Courts will never grant a default on custody. The Defendant can file a motion to vacate the default within 10-30 days after the Order of Default was granted and wait to see if the Court grants it. I can assist you with representation and/or filing documents if you wish to represent yourself. Please call my office at (410) 685-0940.