You have been served with a summons. First, take a deep breath, relax. If you have been served personally, you have 20 days within which to procure the services of an attorney. In this situation, contacting an attorney is the first thing you should do.

The summons for divorce or a summons for separation starts a legal process that has long-standing and far-reaching consequences for your rights, both personal and real property, as well as economic rights, as well as custodial rights, and visitation rights.

It is imperative that you reach out for an experienced attorney as quickly as possible to discuss what your rights are, and to put yourself in a position to protect those rights, and to advance any claims that you may have in the form of an answer with a counterclaim. Reaching out to the attorney at the initial stage is the most important thing you can do during this situation.

If you fail to respond to the summons, you may default, and the full judgment may be taken against you, and you will not have been represented throughout the process. Please contact us with any questions that you may have about being served a summons for divorce so we can take a look at any assets that you may have and wish to keep.

If you are in need of legal counsel, please contact The Penichet Firm and we will be happy to assist you in your family and criminal law matters.