After the Defendant has been served, he or she has 30 days (45 with payment of court costs) to file an answer to the complaint. If the Defendant is served by publication, he or she has 60 days to file the answer. After the initial period of time has expired, the case will either be scheduled for a hearing, if no answer is filed, or the case will enter the discovery period. The parties have a right to request information, documents and other materials from each other to be used at any hearing or trial in the case. If a party fails to respond, the Court can compel responses and sanction a party who refuses to comply with any such order.
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