A: It's best to consult with an attorney to respond to a divorce petition or complaint. Handwritten answers are risky business if the court finds them illegible. Typewritten answers are best. The Answer should be re-created on fresh paper, not merely written on the document or "pleading" (as they are called) sent to you. If you do opt for this method, at least make a couple of copies before you do so. Write on one for your Answer. Retain the other as a copy for your files. And, make plenty of copies of your Answer for filing with the other side, the court, and of course keep one for yourself--at minimum. Again, it's best to hire a lawyer, who knows your state;s court rules, and go from there. Good luck!
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I am an attorney practing in Jefferson Parish. Sounds like you need an attorney to represent you. I'm not clear whether he has already obtained the divorce. If not, you will want to file an answer and set forth the fraudulent info. Who is his attorney? I'm sure he's misrepresenting the separation date to try and limit support he owes you. Good luck.?
I agree with the other answer, he put the wrong separation date to limit temporary spousal support. It is better to answer the petition on a separate sheet. You can had write if you like, just make sure you put what is known as the caption, the name of the parties, the suit number, division and parish. He should not be able to get the divorce until 1 year after the separation date since you have minor children. You do need to consult an attorney.
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