My husband filed for uncontested divorce. We never made any agreements or discussed terms. His lawyer kept asking for the paperwork and he kept saying he was waiting for me to sign but was lying as he was telling me we were going to work it out. After a few months he voluntarily dismissed it. The court doc said with out prejudice but the paper from the his attorney to me said with prejudice. I was never served. He just gave me bits and pieces of paperwork to me and fake info on the financial paperwork. All I got in mail was the dismissal. Now we are he again. He file to re-open the case. He didn't serve me again but I just want it over so I want to respond anyway. I'm in the process looking for an attorney but in the meantime I'm going to a forms class and only have 20 days. He never me served so I went off the date he email me paperwork addressed to him from his attorney, not me . I want a contested divorce without children. Assets and liabilities are my concern. I want o be as cost effective as possible.
Your question is unclear, but you should not answer without being served, unless you sign a waiver of service. If you do not agree with his petition, your dissolution will be contested and then you will have to file an answer and if you disagree and want the court to award you relief, you will need to file a counter-petition. You should set up a consultation with a family lawyer in your area, a lot offer 30 minutes free consult, take advantage.
Well if the original case was voluntarily dismissed he can refile at anytime. It is difficult for an attorney to appropriately answer your questions without speaking with you and reviewing the paperwork filed by your Husband. I would strongly suggest that you contact an experienced family law attorney in the Hillsborough County area to assist you with this matter. I wish you the best of luck.
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It's hard to understand everything from your question, but there are likely issues with sufficiency of service in which an attorney can advise you. Additionally, I understand you want to be cost-effective now, but if you have issues with assets and liabilities, trying to save yourself money now, without the guidance of an attorney, may cost you more in the long run. If you are contesting assets and liabilities, etc, assuming when/if you are properly served, you will need to file an Answer and Counter-Petition, and if you and your spouse can't agree on anything, you are going to have to try to endure the contested process alone. Most attorneys offer free phone consultations, or in person-consultations. It definitely would be worth it for you to seek the advice of an attorney, or at least schedule a consultation.
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