Eight years ago, my husband left suddenly and he has been living with another woman. I haven't heard from him until two weeks ago when he sent me (by regular mail) a copy of a Petition for Divorce and a Waiver of Service form with a self-addressed envelope to mail it back to him. The Waiver is undated with no deadline for return noted. Is there a deadline? What exactly does it mean if I sign it? Why would I send it back to him and not to the court? The Petition for Divorce does not state grounds or include property or debt. How can I protect my house (purchased prior to the marriage) and protect myself from liability for his debts? What should I do? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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