What is an answer?

An answer is the written statement filed with the court. It addresses each of the paragraphs in the plaintiff’s complaint by admitting or denying the allegations the plaintiff is making.

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1. How do I file for Divorce?
2. What is service and why is it important?
3. What is a summons and an alias summons?
4. What do I do after I am served with a complaint/petition?
5. What is an appearance?
6. What is an answer?
7. What is a motion?
8. How do I file a motion?
9. How do I set up a motion to see a Judge?
10. What is a notice of motion and how do I file one?
11. When are motions heard by the Judge?
12. Where can I get the forms required for my case?
13. What happens if the respondent fails to file an appearance or answer?
14. What is a continuance?
15. What is a status date?
16. What is an order?
17. How can I see what is in the court file?
18. Do you need a cover sheet for new case filings?
19. Does the Office of the Circuit Clerk accept personal checks for filing fees?
20. I need to take the father or mother of my child to court for child support. What do I need to do?
21. My youngest child will be 18 soon. How do I terminate child support?
22. I would like to have the amount of my child support increased/decreased. What do I need to do?
23. The judge ordered the father/mother of my child to make a support payment after leaving court. When will I receive this payment?
24. How do I obtain a record of child support payments made?
25. How do I modify a court order?
26. How do I increase/decrease child support?
27. How do I change the allocation of parental responsibilities (formerly known as custody) Order?
28. How do I change the allocation of parental responsibilities (formerly known as custody) Order if it is less than 2 years since the date of the Order?
29. How do I modify my parenting time (formerly known as visitation)?
30. Is there a fee for paying online?
31. How long does it take to process my payment?
32. What is the Family Court Mediation Program?
33. What should I do if the other party and I do not agree?
34. How do I prepare my case for the judge to hear?
35. What should I do before coming to Court?
36. What should I do when I arrive in Court?
37. What should I do before I leave the courtroom?
38. How should I ask for help?
39. Who should I ask for help?