Our case was originally dismissed by a judge in July 2010 for “lack of service.” However, I received my copy of the petition from her lawyer last week. By signing for the papers, does that start my 20 days to file the answer? If I file an answer, will that reopen the case? Does her lawyer need to file anything to reopen the case?
My wife filed for divorce in November 2009 (we have one minor child). She has no money and is being represented by a pro bono lawyer. I also have no money and was planning on representing myself.
I told her lawyer that it was not necessary to spend money on serving me, that I would accept the papers via the mail, and that I would file my answer immediately. I never received anything in the mail, nor was I served. Our case was dismissed shortly afterwards.
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