Do I have to respond to a divorce if I served him the next day? How? 12 Answers as of August 27, 2015

Do I have to respond to a divorce complaint if I have served him with divorce papers the next day?

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Grace Law Offices of John F Geraghty Jr.
Grace Law Offices of John F Geraghty Jr. | John F. Geraghty, Jr.
Yes that would be the prudent thing to do.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 6/24/2015
Law Office of Barton R. Resnicoff | Barton R. Resnicoff
I think what your are talking about is both of you commencing divorce actions; you should appear in his action; and, ideally, the two actions consolidated into one, whether uncontested or contested to simply the process, even though all issues can be raised either way.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 6/24/2015
Reza Athari & Associates, PLLC | Seth L. Reszko
This is a good question. Yes. You should submit an Answer to his Complaint to avoid a default. The Court should consolidate the proceedings at your first hearing.
Answer Applies to: Nevada
Replied: 6/24/2015
James T. Weiner & Associates, P.C.
James T. Weiner & Associates, P.C. | James T. Weiner
The first divorce lawsuit to file will be the one you need to pay attention to it does not matter who was served first.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 6/23/2015
Law Office of Martin A. Kahan | Martin A. Kahan
Yes, if he filed first.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 6/23/2015
    Richard B. Jacobson & Associates, LLC | Richard B. Jacobson
    You should answer. It seems that he filed first. This should not make much difference to the outcome.
    Answer Applies to: Wisconsin
    Replied: 6/23/2015
    Attorney at Law | Aimee C. Robbins
    That would be a yes.
    Answer Applies to: Maryland
    Replied: 8/27/2015
    Mediation Services of Southwest Florida
    Mediation Services of Southwest Florida | Dennis J. Leffert, J.D.
    Yes. If you don't respond there may be problems during the course of both filings. If you do respond then the court will just consolidate both filings into one and all will be well.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 6/23/2015
    David A. Browde, P.C.
    David A. Browde, P.C. | David Browde
    Yes. By Verified Answer, possibly with counterclaim(s). Your service is null and void.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 6/23/2015
    John Russo | John Russo
    That would be a yes.
    Answer Applies to: Rhode Island
    Replied: 8/27/2015
    Law Offices of Arlene D. Kock
    Law Offices of Arlene D. Kock | Arlene D. Kock
    If I understand the question, it sounds as if both of you filed a petition for divorce and he served you first. Assuming both petitions are coming out of the same county, you should ask the court to consolidate the two cases and treat one filing as the petition and the other filing as a response.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/22/2015
    Law Offices of Gerard A Fierro
    Law Offices of Gerard A Fierro | Gerard A Fierro
    You either need to file a Response, or enter a written stipulation with the other party that the cases are to be consolidated and the Petitions deemed to be the Response to each other's Petition.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/22/2015
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