To answer a divorce summons is not as complicated as it seems. Here are the most important pointers to consider when preparing your answer to the divorce paperwork:
1 - Make a note of the date you received the documents. You have 20 calendar days to respond, this includes weekends. Your answer must be filed at the courthouse within 20 days after receiving the divorce paperwork. If you don't answer within the time line the other party will get everything he or she is asking for automatically.
2 - If there are children involved you have to take a parenting class and you also need to submit a financial affidavit.
3 - There are 3 basic documents that must be prepared and filed: the answer, the Notice of SSN and a financial affidavit if alimony, child support or property are involved.
4 - The answer is nothing more than stating what areas you are in agreement and what areas you are not in agreement. Reviewing the divorce documentation carefully is crucial.
5 - If you are in agreement you can submit an answer and waiver that indicates you are in agreement with the divorce and just want the divorce certificate mailed to you.
If you need assistance to respond to your divorce paperwork call our office. Don't wait, time is ticking away faster than you think.