Pennsylvania Notice to Defend and Claim Rights Form

Notice to Defend and Claim Rights.pdf This form must be completed and is a standard form to be filed with the clerk in Pennsylvania.

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IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS

PLAINTIFF, )

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) COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA

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v. ) CIVIL DIVISION

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) NO.

DEFENDANT )

NOTICE TO DEFEND AND CLAIM RIGHTS

YOU HAVE BEEN SUED IN COURT. IF YOU WISH TO DEFEND AGAINST THE

CLAIM SET FORTH IN THE FOLLOWING PAGES, YOU MUST TAKE PROMPT ACTION. YOU

ARE WARNED THAT IF YOU FAIL TO DO SO, THE CASE MAY PROCEED WITHOUT YOU

AND A DECREE OF DIVORCE OR ANNULMENT MAY BE ENTERED AGAINST YOU BY THE

COURT. A JUDGMENT MAY ALSO BE ENTERED AGAINST YOU FOR ANY OTHER CLAIM

OR RELIEF REQUESTED IN THESE PAPERS BY THE PLAINTIFF. YOU MAY LOSE MONEY OR

PROPERTY OR OTHER RIGHTS IMPORTANT TO YOU INCLUDING CUSTODY OR

VISITATION OF YOUR CHILD(REN).

WHEN THE GROUND FOR THE DIVORCE ARE INDIGNITIES OR IRRETRIEVABLE

BREAKDOWN OF THE MARIAGE, YOU MAY REQUEST MARRIAGE COUNSELING. A LIST OF

MARRIAGE COUNSELORS IS AVAILABLE IN THE OFFICE OF THE PROTHONOTARY AT

, , PENNSYLVANIA.

IF YOU DO NOT FILE A CLAIM FOR ALIMONY; DIVISION OF PROPERTY, LAWYERS

FEES, OR EXPENSES BEFORE A DIVORCE OR ANNULMENT IS GRANTED, YOU MAY LOSE

THE RIGHT TO CLAIM ANY OF THEM.

YOU SHOULD TAKE THIS PAPER TO YOUR LAWYER AT ONCE. IF YOU DO NOT

HAVE A LAWYER OR CANNOT AFFORD ONE, GO TO OR TELEPHONE THE OFFICE SET

FORTH BELOW TO FIND OUT WHERE YOU CAN GET LEGAL HELP.

LAWYERS REFERRAL SERVICE

Telephone: ( )

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For Petitioner

Address:

Telephone: ( )