Filing an Appearance
An appearance is a document that confirms the respondent will either be represented by an attorney, or represent themselves as their own attorney (pro se) during the court case or on a court date.
IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT FILING AN APPEARANCE:
Once you have received a notice of summons or a notice of petition/motion, you will have 30 DAYS to file your appearance.
You can can file your appearance electronically on the Clerk of Court's website here, or you can do so in person at whatever location the notice specifies.
If possible, make sure to keep a copy of the appearanced you filed for yourself
The filing fee for an appearance for a new case depends on the type of case, but is typically $96 for family law matters. If you believe you cannot pay the filing fee, you may be able to qualify for a fee waiver.
If you do not plan on attending court for a case or a given court date, you do not have to file your appearance.