If you and the Claimant have worked out all the issues and have come to an agreement, you may decide not to file a response to allow the claim move forward uncontested. However if you disagree with any aspect of the claim, it is important to file a Response to Family Claim if you do not want orders made against you or in your absence. If someone serves you with court documents, do not ignore them. Take steps immediately.
The Respondent may also want to file a Counterclaim within 30 days of being served the Notice of Family Claim A counterclaim is a claim in which the Respondent seeks orders against the Claimant.
A counterclaim is a claim made by the Respondent to raise legal issues that the claimant did not raise in their Notice of Family Claim.