Hello, how are you today? So from what I gather from your situation you have filed a divorce action (uncontested) and the court has sent you a deficiency notice indicating to you the deficiencies in your filing. Now you are wondering how to provide these amendments to the court and in what format/manner to present them?
Is that correct?
Ok, thanks for confirming. The best way to address a deficiency is to address the deficiencies in the order that the court has presented them to you to keep the confusion down on what you are addressing. Therefore, if the first deficiency deals with the Plaintiff's Middle Name, you will need to amend the caption in the filing to provide that middle initial. You can resubmit the documents again, in the same order that you did before, just with that omission provided. Since it has been filed, and the mistake is simple, you must submit a simple affidavit indicating that the error was made by mistake, and that you attest or confirm, that the Plaintiffs middle initial is what it is.
The requirment #5 (The affidavit of regularity must reflect that the defendant was served with the summons with notice and indicated in the affidavit of defendant) I filed the Summons and verified complaint, so why do I need to file the summons with notice. I was told that since I have an address confidentiality order, I should not file the summons with notice, otherwise she would get access to my address.
In this case, it appears that no confidentiality of address order was filed or approved, therefore, it is basically stating that you should indicate to the court that service of the verified complaint/summons along with notice to respond was served on her personally so that the action may continue.
So are these forms available, if not how do I draft an affidavit?
I can look up a standard affidavit for you, it will only take a minute, let me address the children aspect.
Thanks so much
There is a presumption acting in family law courts, that any child born during the marriage, is PRESUMED to be a child of the marriage as the parties are still married, therefore, you must claim them as your children, or seek to overcome the presumption and show that they are the other individuals children. While you are aware that they are not your children for legal purposes they are presumed to be yours without any other evidence to contradict that presumption.
This is a link to a website with all the standard general new york forms.
So with that being said, it asks me to explain...is there another affidavit or can I include all these corrections on one affidavit? Or is it better to just re submit the whole documentation
GF-21 and GF-21a deal with the confidentiality order and affidavit.
If the court is asking you to explain the reasoning behind the contradictions simply address them in the same format that you received them. Meaning, if it is itemized, state the question again, with the numeral, and then put under "Explanation".
For example with the children aspect.
You would provide an explanation as to why you believed there was only one child, and that you did not understand that they were presumed to be your children. If you wish to seek to show that only one is, the court will further require paternity tests, and more affidavits.
ok, so the page needs to have a general format with the index number and parties' names, etc. No special form for that?
Right, for the explanations, and an affidavit to back up what you are claiming.
You are awesome!!! Thanks so much. Should there be a seperate affidavit for each item that requires one? I am assuming yes
Yes, there should be.
Thanks for the compliment. It appears that those are the only deficiencies to be corrected.
Awesome! Thank you so much...I think I know how to proceed from here. I really appreciate your time and detail.
I wish you the best of luck in correcting the deficiencies! If this answers your questions please provide a positive rating by selecting the smiley face and submitting so that I can be credited for our time together.
Is it true that if I submit the confidentiality order then I don't neet to serve the summons with notice?
Under the confidentiality of address order you would simply provide a different address in lieu of your real address for summons and notice purposes.
So how do I change the affidavit of defentant since it has already been filed?
You would need her to execute a new one if she is the affidavit.
Oh Lord! Ok...I think that all lol. Thanks so much!
DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.
The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).