Once a family law paternity or divorce action has been filed with the appropriate court, the clerk of court will issue a document called a Summons which must be served on the opposing party along with the Petition. The Summons will inform the opposing party that a law suit has been filed against them and that they have 20 calendar days in which to file a written response. The Summons will give the person the address of the court where the response should be filed. It will also tell the party that they must provide a copy of their response to either the party that filed the suit against them or that party’s attorney.
A Summons alerts the party being served that if they do not file a written response on time, they may lose the case and their wages and property may be taken without further warning. It also makes them aware that they will be required to disclose certain documents and information.
If you have been served with a Summons in a family law matter, contact Family Law of Orlando to schedule an initial consultation with family law attorney Wade P. Luther. With Family Law of Orlando, you can be confident that you will receive the comprehensive and thorough representation you need. You may contact us by email or by calling (407) 835-9900.