Affirmative Relief Law and Legal Definition

Affirmative relief is asked for in an answer to a complaint. The answering respondent may seek relief against other parties in a proceeding by reason of the presence of common questions of law or fact and will set forth in its answer the facts constituting the grounds of complaint, the provisions of the statutes, rules, regulations or orders relied upon, the injury complained of and the relief sought.

Affirmative relief may consist of many types of relief, such as setoff against payments or injunctions. Affirmative relief is governed by federal and state laws, which vary by jurisdiction.