It can be hard to process the experience of receiving divorce papers from your spouse, and you might not even know what to do next. Often, people file an official response acknowledging or denying their partner’s claims in divorce papers. When sending your answer, make sure you remember to do the following.
Do it on time.
You generally do not have to do so immediately, but you should send your response within the deadline. In Kentucky, this deadline is usually 20 calendar days. Failure to respond within this period may result in a default judgment. However, it may be possible to request the court to extend this deadline.
Submit the correct forms.
There are specific forms you need to fill out for your response. A divorce attorney may be able to help with the paperwork if you are unsure which forms to file. Some papers may have special instructions or require supporting documents, so read them before filing them.
Consider your options.
Some people file a counterclaim along with their response to divorce papers. A counterclaim offers one the chance to deliver their side of the story or ask for relief from the court.
Additionally, some courts accept responses by mail and other channels. Taking advantage of such alternative methods can help you stay within your deadline if you cannot file your documents in person.
Give your partner a copy.
You should not give your response to just the court but your spouse as well. Generally, you do not have to deliver your spouse’s copy of your answer in person, so you may consider finding alternative ways to do so.
Divorce is often complex, and failing to satisfy certain requirements can impact your case. Working with a professional specializing in family law can help you avoid missteps and protect your rights throughout the divorce.