When You Have Been Served Divorce Papers

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably been served divorce papers. Now, you’re wondering what to do. If your husband or wife served divorce papers, what you received was a “Summons and a Petition.” This makes you the “respondent” in the divorce case. When you are served divorce papers, it’s very important that you take the time to read the papers carefully. Your spouse is the “petitioner” and the Petitionis the document that explains what it is that your spouse or domestic partner is seeking. On the other hand, the Summons informs you of your rights during the divorce process. The Summons has what are called “restraining orders,” which prohibit or limit you from doing certain things. For example, these standard restraining orders will tell you what you can and cannot do with your: Money Real estate Assets Debts The Summons does more than tell you what you can do with your …

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