2016 Maryland Code
Family Law
Title 5 - Children
Subtitle 10 - Paternity Proceedings
Part III - Pleading, Process, and Practice
§ 5-1012. Answer

MD Fam L Code § 5-1012 (2016) What's This?

(a) In general. -- At any time before the case is called for trial, the defendant may file a written answer to the complaint.

(b) Form. -- The answer need not be in any particular form.

(c) Denial on defendant's behalf. -- The court shall enter a general denial of the complaint on behalf of the defendant if the defendant does not:

(1) file a written answer; or

(2) admit the material allegations of the complaint in open court.

(d) Court to ensure that defendant understands complaint. -- To ensure that the defendant understands the nature and substance of the complaint, the court shall read or explain the complaint to the defendant if the defendant:

(1) appears for trial without filing a written answer; or

(2) files a written answer admitting the complaint and is not represented by counsel.

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