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Since the suit was filed in FL, you must defend there typically and the attorneys near you would not likely be familiar with the state's laws or be permitted to practice law in FL. Therefore, you would need to retain a FL family law
attorney to represent you in this matter normally.
Unless you signed something waiving service of process, your spouse would normally be required to hire someone where you are located to personally serve you with the summons and petition. Since that has not occurred, you would not typically need to respond to the petition yet until you are properly served.
If the docket information you obtained does not indicate that anything has been filed in the case since he initiated the case, the court may ultimately dismiss the case for failure to prosecute and you would not need to take any action.
If the case is dismissed and you wish to obtain a divorce
, you could file in your locality and retain local attorneys to represent you in the matter.
If it becomes necessary to retain a FL attorney, the state bar association can provide attorney referrals. Here is a link to their site:
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