An Appearance Form is a form filed by the Defendant – the person receiving the paperwork initiating a lawsuit in Connecticut. Filing an Appearance Form ensures that the court has your correct mailing address so that you will receive any court notice about the status of your case. Filing an Appearance form has legal implications and should only be filed after consulting an attorney.
In non-adversarial cases each party (spouse) files an appearance for themselves, which is part of the philosophy of the non-adversarial process – to keep as much information and control of the case in your hands. In litigation cases, Appearance Forms are filed by the attorney hired by each party (spouse). Only the attorneys will receive notices about the case.