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When you receive legal or court papers—known as being served, or served with process—it is important to understand the nature of the documents and your obligation to file a written response to them—usually within 20-30 days, but sometimes within a shorter period of time, depending on the type of legal relief sought by the party who filed the documents (injunctive relief, etc.).

If you do not file a written response to a lawsuit, petition, or motion asking a court (or government entity or arbitrator) to take some action against you, you will be admitting the claims or allegations against you, and the court will often give the party seeking money or other assets from you everything they are asking for—with no input from you or further opportunity for you to contest the claims. If you do not respond to such a request, you are said to be in default, and the court will enter a default judgment against you, making you legally liable for the money awarded, and obligated to comply with other changes made by the court without your input, such as changes in child custody or child support.

In Texas, when you are served with legal or court papers, it is crucial to promptly understand the documents and your duty to respond within the specified time frame, which is typically 20-30 days. However, this period may be shorter for certain types of legal actions, such as those seeking injunctive relief. Failing to file a written response to a lawsuit, petition, or motion can result in a default judgment. This means the court may accept the claims against you as true and grant the plaintiff what they are seeking, whether it's monetary damages or other relief, without your participation. This could lead to you being legally bound to pay the awarded sum or comply with court-ordered changes, such as those affecting child custody or support, without having had the opportunity to defend yourself.

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