First of all, if you wish to seek alimony or property distribution you must file those claims with the court before the divorce or you will forever lose those rights. Second, the divorce will likely proceed without delay. If your time to file an answer has not yet expired (30 days from service) you can seek a 30 day extension of time to file your answer. Mediation is not something that will be ordered in an absolute divorce situation.
Lee S. Rosen
Board Certified Family Law Specialist
The Rosen Law Firm
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 200
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
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