Q: Good afternoon, recently i was served divorce papers along with custody papers. I have no idea what to say or do. HELP?
A: You need to first note how you were served. Was it personal service or served on someone else which is commonly known as sub service? Was the service valid?
The reason why this is important is because it controls when your responsive pleading is due. Which will either be thirty (30) or (45) days.
You need to then decide if you are going to represent yourself or get an experienced lawyer to handle the proceedings. Is it possible that you could work out the divorce informally or just agree on child custody? If so, this would be your best option, but if you cannot be civil and reasonable then its best to have an attorney in your corner to protect your rights.
A dissolution is a very serious matter and should not be overlooked as there is serious legal consequences that could take place if you ignore the paperwork or submit something that should not be submitted.
Vernon C. Tucker, Esq
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