You Only Have 20 Days To Answer When Served For Divorce Or Paternity

Listen as Linda Gruszynski explains what to do when served with a petition for divorce, a petition to establish paternity, or supplemental petition to modify a final judgement.

You’ve just been served with a petition for divorce, a petition to establish paternity or supplemental petition to modify a final judgement, and you live in Florida. There are a few things you need to do immediately when this happens to you. You need to take quick action because you are required to file an answer within twenty days. If you don’t, then you could be in default, and the court and other party will move forward to resolve the case without your input.

If you have already had a default entered against you, we can handle that. In Florida, the court does not like to decide family law matters based upon a default, as they frequently involve children. The court generally does not want to move forward without both parties appearing and giving their sides of the story.

You must also make sure that you file an accurate family law financial affidavit with the court and go through the discovery process, and you may see if perhaps the case can be settled. Watch the video to learn more.


If you have additional questions regarding what to do when you are served with either a petition for divorce, a petition to establish paternity, or a supplemental petition to modify a final judgement, call the experienced Kissimmee family law attorneys of Draper Law Offices at (407) 846-0075. I welcome your call. Visit our educational website, where you can view more videos and media content from our law firm.

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