You need to answer the complaint and submit a counterclaim to preserve your actions. If you are limited in time, you can file a motion for extension to get an additional 30 days to respond, but the motion must be filed before the initial deadline.
A divorce from bed and board is a legal separation, and he is likely filing it to show the intent to separate since you said that you thought neither party was going forward with a divorce. Abandonment is one of many factors that a judge will look at to determine how property should be divided. You probably have factors in your favor as well.
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