Hello again Counselor,
My name isXXXXX'm a licensed attorney. Glad to try and help out.
Sure sorry for the circumstances, truly. My heart goes out to you.
I appreciate your patience in writing back and forth to understand the case. Your explanation was great, and it all makes sense now.
Accordingly, I'm pleased to share some good news with you, as follows. I have indeed seen and been involved in quite similar instances, so I can speak from some experience here. Alright, here's the botXXXXX XXXXXne. There was a procedural defect in May 2011 as evidenced by the August 2012 difficulty. Fortunately, your wife has cured that problem in terms of procedure. In other words, the matter is properly before the Court, you're not trying to resist the divorce or contest the underlying grounds, etc. Your only issue at this juncture is to make sure the factual findings, legal conclusions and final judgment are accurate and comport with your position. I realize that's pretty abbreviated, but hopefully it basically touches upon where things stand.
Having said all of that, here's how I would proceed. There's no need for a Request for Judicial Intervention. I mention that just as an aside, as it seems like a logical thought, but you're not asking for a motion or a conference to be held. You're beyond that point, actually, and are ready for judgment to be entered, as long as it's correct and expresses your side of things. In the end analysis, then, the proper answer to each of your three questions is "yes":
"Is providing an Answer that provides the alternative language sufficient or do I need to make another motion? My spouse has not asked for otal argument on the appearance date--so my understanding is that a properly served answer is sufficient. Is this correct?"
You will submit your language (no need for another motion), which places before the Court your proposed Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law. If you don't already have it before you (I suspect you do, though), here's a handy resource:Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law
Also, and again I suspect you already have it, but this is also helpful:Matrimonial Judgment Checklist
You've been through a rather protracted separation, with a Judgment of Separation and so forth. That has all led up to your wife filing a Summons and Complaint for Divorce, which of course takes us to the present day. I realize the temptation to see the need for another motion (at least sometimes I can get caught up in that line of thinking), but that's really not indicated here. Rather, you're seeing the finishing line well within sight, meaning filing your Answer incorporating your revised language. Doing so places your argument before the Court, and no additional motion is necessary. In fact, it would very likely muddy the waters and be counter-productive in the end.
If you have a follow-up question or need clarification, please just say the word by using "reply" to reach me.
I truly hope all works out for you.