My husband was served with the civil summons on May 17. My court date is this Friday, July 2. Until yesterday, he had filed no response to the claim.
Yesterday, he left a handwritten “Response to Civil Summons and Counter Claim” letter in my mailbox. In it, he responded and inserted his ‘counter claim’ for equitable distribution for ‘all marital property’. This does not appear to have been formally filed at the couthouse (and wasn’t even typed), nor was it prepared by a lawyer. Can I disregard this? Doesn’t this request for equitable distribution have to be filed to be valid?