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What is a Default Judgment?

In Separation & Divorce by Sarah Hink

When many people think of lawsuits, they think of highly contested legal showdowns that take place in front of a judge or jury. This is likely based on news stories or movies that contain situations of conflict, twists, and turns. For some people, the end result of their civil lawsuit is much more anticlimactic. This is because sometimes people choose not to respond or fight against lawsuits. This is where it is important to understand “default” judgments. What is a Default Judgment? In civil lawsuits North Carolina Rule of Civil Procedure 55 allows for “default” judgments against parties who do not timely respond to a lawsuit after being properly served with citation. In essence, the person who has been properly served with citation waives their right to defend themselves in …