If you have been sued or have been served with a summons and complaint, you typically have twenty one (21) calendar days to file an answer.

Failing to answer:

  • If you have fail to answer a complaint you will default and a default judgment is entered against you.
  • Default means that the suing party wins without allowing you an opportunity to defend yourself.

What is default?

  • Default is similar to admitting that you did whatever the complaint says.
  • The court views this as an admission simply because you did not respond or file an answer.

Can a default be set aside?

  • Yes, however it can be difficult to get a court to set aside a default or default judgment.
  • It can be expensive
  • Avoiding a default is the best choice, so if you are sued it is in your best interest to immediately contact an attorney.

Can I respond to the complaint myself?

  • Yes, you can go to the courthouse and fill out a simple written answer
  • This answer requires you to respond to each statement in the complaint, admitting, denying or stating that you can neither admit nor deny because you do not know.
  • Responding yourself is not recommended however it can provide you additional time to contact an attorney.

KALAMAZOO COUNTY

9th Circuit Court
227 West Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
269-383-8837

8th District Court – Crosstown
150 East Crosstown Parkway
Kalamazoo, MI 49001
269-384-8171

8th District Court – Michigan Avenue
227 West Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
269-384-8174

Kalamazoo County Probate Court
150 East Crosstown Parkway
Kalamazoo, MI 49001
269-383-8666

Kalamazoo County Family Court
1400 Gull Road
Kalamazoo, MI 49048
269-385-6000

VAN BUREN COUNTY

36th Circuit Court
212 East Paw Paw Street
Suite 101
Paw Paw, MI 49079
269-657-8218

7th District Court – East Division
212 East Paw Paw Street
Suite 130
Paw Paw, MI 49079
269-657-8222

Van Buren County Probate Court
212 East Paw Paw Street
Suite 220
Paw Paw, MI 49079
269-657-8225

ALLEGAN COUNTY

48th Circuit Court
113 Chestnut Street
Allegan, MI 49010
269-673-0300

57th District Court
113 Chestnut Street
Allegan, MI 49010
269-673-0400

Allegan County Probate Court
113 Chestnut Street
Allegan, MI 49010
269-673-0250

ST.  JOSEPH COUNTY

45th Circuit Court
125 West Main Street
P.O. Box 189
Centerville, MI 49032
269-467-5531

3-B District Court
125 West Main Street
P.O. box 67
Centerville, MI 49032
269-467-5627

St. Joseph County Probate Court
125 West Main Street
P.O. Box 190
Centreville, MI 49032
269-467-5538

FEDERAL COURT

Western District of Michigan -Federal Court
107 Federal Building
410 W. Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
269-337-5706