Have you been served with divorce papers from a deputy sheriff or process server? Undoubtedly, the experience is jarring, whether you saw the divorce coming or not. Unfortunately, however, this is no time to sit back in shock. Now is the time to take action before it’s too late.
According to Florida state law, the summons you received is an official court paper and you must file a response to the suit within 20 days. If you fail to issue your response in time, a default may be issued against you and you will pay the price later on.
With that in mind, here are a few things you need to do when you get served with Florida divorce papers:
- Read the divorce papers carefully and calmly.
- Don’t contact your spouse just yet.
- Consult with an experienced Florida divorce attorney as soon as possible.
- Review all of your assets carefully and take steps to protect your money.
- Cancel any joint credit cards.
- Start conserving money now because you’ll need it soon.
- Work with your lawyer to determine the next steps.
Simply put, don’t bury your head in the sand if you receive divorce papers. You need to take action to protect yourself and your future.
If you’ve been served with Florida divorce papers, contact the legal team at Miller Law Associates today to schedule a consultation. Visit www.DivorceYes.com for more information.