When a Defendant has been served with a divorce complaint in New Jersey, he or she must respond within 35 days or risk a default judgment. The Defendant has three primary options to respond to a divorce complaint: Answer, Appearance and Counterclaim. Furthermore, the Counterclaim contains an Answer.
All three options serve the same basic purpose: the court and the Plaintiff are put on notice that the Defendant contests the cause of action and/or the relief sought. Even in a no-fault divorce, the Defendant still denies the allegations even though this will never be contested.
The bottom line is, this is all very procedural and I wouldn’t get too hung up on it. Your New Jersey divorce lawyer will handle the Answer/Counterclaim to the divorce complaint and everything else for you and guide you in the right direction.
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