In my Florida divorce case, how do I reply to the petition?
The answer is your formal response to all the allegations the other spouse made in the petition. You must file a written answer to a divorce petition as soon as possible to avoid missing the court deadline for the response. The following are guidelines in filing for your formal response to the petition.
- Check the petition papers to see if an answer form is included.
- Contact the court if no answer form was included with the petition papers. Ask for an answer form and court instructions.
- State what you disagree with on the petition and why on the answer form. Follow the court instructions regarding formatting and word usage.
- Bring the written answer form and your photo identification to a notary public.
- Bring the answer and copies to the court where the petition was filed. File the answer, and pay any required fee.
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