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Baltimore County Family Law Default Hearings

What is a Default Hearing? 

  • Default hearings in Divorce, Custody and Child Support cases are scheduled when a petition or complaint is filed and the party who is supposed to respond fails to respond within the applicable time period.
  • When a defaulting party is unrepresented, the Circuit Court for Baltimore County will hold default hearings in the courthouse even though most hearings are held remotely as a result of Covid-19.
  • In cases involving child custody. The law disfavors awarding child custody on a default basis.