I was served a civil summons for absolute divorce and have very limited time to respond. I had representation last year to reply to the Divorce from Bed & Board (which she never followed through with due to trying to reconsile) but my attorney has withdrawn from representing me due to his personal health. The response to the Bed & Board was granted a 30 day extension, when a response was filed it was just “agree/disagree” with no counterclaim.
Question #1: Can I file an extension for my response and counterclaim to a motion for absolute divorce and is it a specific form # or I creat it? giving me the opportunity to seek proper representation
Question #2: If I can’t get an extension can I just respond (agree/disagree) to each claim in her motion, and file the counterclaim later…or does my counterclaim have to be included in the response? She didn’t ask for alimony knowing she’s an adulterer, can I add a section asking for spousal support because it’s a counter claim when she never asked to begin with (FYI- I’m unemployed/searching while she makes a steady salary which isn’t huge but more than my $0 a month.
Question #3: I was served on Aug 10th & The 30 days to respond falls on this weekend. Does that mean I need to file tomorrow or am granted till the next business day being Monday?
I made the mistake of not imediately seeking counsel due to shock my marriage of 20 years is realy over. This sucks! Please help with some guidance…