Marr. of OlsonAnnotate this Case
Christopher Olson filed for divorce from Heather Olson, requesting joint custody
of their two young children. After Heather did not respond, a default judgment of dissolution, which included a custody order, was granted. Heather petitioned for a modification of the custody order over a year later and Christopher objected. The court held that a parent has standing under Family Code section 3087 to request a modification of a child custody judgment notwithstanding that the judgment sought to be modified was a default judgment taken against the parent who is petitioning for the change. The court denied the petition, treating the appeal as a petition for a writ of mandate.