Filing Answer to an Absolute Divorce


#1

When I file my answer to the claim for divorce how do I make sure that I keep open property settlement, custody, alimony ect. My spouse has already sent me the papers and I only have 30 days to answer but want to make sure that I am covered on the above issues since none of these are settled or any claims have been made. Please help.


#2

You must file an Answer to the Complaint and admit or deny the allegations contained therein and you must include a counterclaim for Equitable Distribution of the marital estate. You need to indicate all the pertinent facts such as:
County where each of you reside;
Date of marriage;
Date of separation;
Allege that certain property was acquired during your marriage which is subject to distribution by the court;
Ask that the court distribute the property.
There are several forms on this website, and in the self serve clinics in many counties that can serve as examples.


#3

What forms would those be? What if I don’t want to settle ED at this time but just want to leave it open in the future. Can’t really afford a lawyer at this time so I don’t want to have to fight it out in court. I just want to leave open that option in the future.


#4

You can browse the forms and chose which are applicable to your situation depending on how you want to move forward. rosen.com/category/divorce/forms/
At some point the court will schedule a pretrial conference, and later the ED trial on its own accord as the courts do not allow cases to be filed and become stagnate.