The amount of time they have to spend filing their response hinges on where the divorce is filed. Some could take 15 to even 45 days. If the party does not file a response, the court may have to proceed and the divorce ex parte or without needing to hear from the other spouse. This is why you need your own lawyer.
You and your spouse have the option to seek mediation or settlement to try and work out the details of the divorce without the intervention of the court. The spouses must exhibit honesty and must disclose their assets, income, liabilities, and other expenses. They must also make sure that the information shared by the parties remains confidential.