You can file a Motion for Additional Time to File an Answer. A judge may or may not grant this Motion without a hearing. Be sure you send a copy of anything you file to your ex husband. Also anything you send to the Judge must also be sent to your ex husband. If you need assistance with your case you can contact my office to schedule a free initial consultation by calling 813-374-0353.
You said your time is "basically up." Is it up or not? If your time is not up, you can file a Motion for Extension of Time to File Answer. If you time is up, you are not entitled to an extension of time, and you should file an answer immediately. You can file a basic denial now and file a motion to amend your answer a few days later when you have prepared your complete answer.
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If a default has not been entered you do not have to file a motion. Go the the courthouse right now and file anything in your case and a default will not be entered by the Clerk. You may just want to file an answer simply denying the allegations. You do not need to file a detailed response to prevent a default. DO IT NOW.
I agree with my colleagues about filing a motion for additional time, but you really need to retain an attorney immediately. My firm offers free case consultations in these matters. My phone number is 813 830 2261, I look forward to working with you.
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