If you have received a document called a “Complaint” from the sheriff, a process server, or via certified mail, then you have been served with a lawsuit. This means you have been sued and you may have a court date already set. Read your paperwork carefully and contact a lawyer to assist you. Bring the documents served on you when you meet with the lawyer. Your lawyer will know how to respond to the lawsuit, can explain the court process to you, and can represent you in court proceedings in your family law case.
If you have been served with a lawsuit, there are deadlines in place for your response. It is important that you meet these deadlines or get a court ordered extension of the deadlines. Wake County, North Carolina also has local Family Court Rules that require each party to gather and provide certain documents and complete certain forms, such as a financial affidavit and an equitable distribution affidavit, which can have a significant impact on your case. Your lawyer will be familiar with the state and local court rules and deadlines, and can assist you in completing required forms and meeting deadlines so that you are prepared for your court proceeding.
Family law cases often require more than one court hearing. However, the preparation in advance for your court case will put you in a better position for settlement, making it possible to resolve part or all of your family law matters before a trial. In the event your case is going to trial, Vitale Family Law can help identify and present relevant evidence in court in an effective and compelling manner.