In the court room, just like any sporting event, if your opponent doesn't show up at the start of the fight, you win by default. For this reason every summons by the court should be taken seriously and not be put off to the side until the last minute. The effect of a default judgment could have a great impact upon your life.
A default ruling occurs when the moving party properly serves the other party, who then fails to respond. The consequences are dire; once the moving party files for a default judgment, the court will give the other party one last chance to respond. If they again fail to do so, a default ruling is entered. In a default ruling, everything the moving party ( party who filed) alleges is taken as true, and every issue is decided in the moving party's favor.
If you have received a summons or have already a default judgment declared upon you, speak with an attorney. An attorney can advise you in the options you have available to you and help guide you through your proceedings.