This is the document responding to a petition (not to be confused with an answer to a complaint). The respondent will have the opportunity in the response to admit/deny/disclaim knowledge of any allegations made by the petitioner, address custody claims, alimony requests, and asset/liability allocation. After filing and serving the response, the parties may be required to undergo parenting courses, complete mediation, and possibly, if other forms of dispute resolution fail, go to trial.