You are not required to file an Answer. You can let the 30 days run if you wish. Understand, however, that failing to file a claim for alimony and/or equitable distribution, prior to the expiration of the 30 days causes those claims to be forever waived. If you wish to protect those claims then see an attorney NOW and have those claims filed.
If you file the Answer your spouse can proceed immediately to obtain the divorce rather than waiting for the 30 days to pass. If you are in a hurry to obtain the divorce go ahead and file the answer. If you are in no hurry and are willing to allow your alimony and equitable distribution to die then just let the 30 days run and save yourself the postage.
Unfortunately, we don’t have an Answer form on our site. We will work on that.
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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