In a typical divorce, one spouse (the "petitioner") will often file petition for divorce (also called a "complaint") with the local court to begin divorce proceedings. The petition must then be served to the other spouse (the "respondent") for a response.
It is the responsibility of the respondent to answer the petition. While filing the answer, the respondent has several options:
It is not mandatory that the respondent should file a response or a counter petition for divorce. The respondent may do so out of their own free will. The intention of the respondent is to safeguard their own legal interests. The allegations that are made in the divorce petition are regarded as true by the court if they are not specifically denied in the formal response.
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