What Do I Do If I Have Been Served?

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Hello and welcome to 60 Seconds with Sergio. I am your host, Sergio Cabanas, Attorney-at-Law here in Florida. Thank you for joining me today. Today’s question is: “Sergio, I just received this legal paperwork from the court relating to a divorce that was filed by my spouse.” “What should I do?”

Well, divorce is a legal process, much like any other legal process. It should never be ignored. In fact, it has to be handled very carefully and on a very timely basis.

Think of a divorce like a dangerous infection. It should not be ignored, and in fact you should see professional help to treat it as soon as possible. 

Otherwise, it can end up having some dangerous, horrible results. Once you are served with legal paperwork like a lawsuit, which is what a divorce is, you have the obligation to file a proper legal response within 20 days. It is possible to seek an extension on a limited basis, again, depending on the circumstances. 

You should actually take this time to meet with several attorneys who can give you some good legal advice on how to best handle this situation as quickly and as cost-effectively as possible. I hope this short video provided you some guidance on how to best handle this legal paperwork that you received from a process server. Thank you again for joining me today. And as always, stay informed so you can stay strong.

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Sergio Cabanas, Esq. | Family Law Attorney | Cabanas Law Firm

Sergio Cabanas, Esq. founded the Cabanas Law Firm in 2006 and provides Divorce and Family legal services, as well as Estate Planning, to ensure his clients have planned for their newly single life and are protected after their divorce. He began his career in law in 1992 as a prosecuting attorney at the Broward County State Attorney’s Office, then continued his litigation track as an insurance defense attorney defending medical professionals against medical malpractice claims and expanded into disability and life insurance claims. Sergio is a Certified Mediator registered in the Supreme Court of Florida and a frequent speaker in the community about the importance of Estate Planning to keep families out of probate court and to prepare essential instructions in the event of disability or incapacity.