Does my response time to divorce papers start from the date it was filed or the date I was served?

Divorce attorney Jason BowmanQuestion:

I was served with divorce papers that said I had 15 days to respond. The divorce papers were filed a couple weeks before I was actually served.

Does the period of response to a divorce petition start from the date the divorce was filed or the date I was served?



Your state’s rules of civil procedure should provide you guidance on the issue, but in almost all states the clock begins to run from the date that you were served.

Cordell & Cordell has divorce lawyers nationwide that would be happy to discuss your case with you.


Jason Bowman is an attorney in the Louisville, Kentucky, office of Cordell & Cordell. He is licensed in the states of Kentucky and Texas. He received his Bachelor of Science in Business from the University of Louisville, and received his Juris Doctor from Texas Wesleyan University.

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