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Is it required that the respondent be given a time to file an answer to the petition?

Q: I was never afforded a time to respond by in the summons and petition.

A: Technically, an Answer to a Petition must be served 2 days prior to the return date of the petition (or 7 days prior if the Petition was personally served 12+ days before the return date). That said, when I do file such an Answer (though same is optional in Family Court cases), I often do so after the return date without opposition. For more info, call a Bronx Family Law attorney to schedule a consult.

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