The Complaint in a divorce or custody action means that the other Party has opened a case in family court and is requesting relief. Although the Complaint is filed with the Court, the Plaintiff’s request as stated in the Complaint may or may not be granted. The Complaint is simply a request by the movant. Often attorneys prepare generic complaints which include unlikely provisions such as attorney fees and spousal support. You must answer a complaint within 20 days of personal service. After an answer is filed, no orders will be implemented until the Parties either file a temporary or permanent agreement or appear before a judge.