Our expert says:
Family law expert
The normal sequence of events in a contested divorce are that one party issue a summons, serve same on the Defendant and then the other party will file a Notice of Defence (should be done in 30 days) in the Divorce / Family Court. After filing a defence, the defendant has 10 days to file his plea and/or counter claim and the Plaintiff then has 5 days to file a plea to the counterclaim of the defendant, if any. If a party is out of time, you may file a notice to force that party to file his/her plea and if he doesnt file same within the prescribed limit he will be barred from doing so. It will prolong the procedure so I suggest that you visit the registrar and serve a notice to bar on the defendant.
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