CCP 1003     

Art. 1003.  Form of answer

The answer shall comply with Articles 853, 854, and 863 and, whenever applicable, with Articles 855 through 861.  It shall admit or deny the allegations of the petition as required by Article 1004, state in short and concise terms the material facts upon which the defenses to the action asserted are based, and shall set forth all affirmative defenses as required by Article 1005.  It shall also contain a prayer for the relief sought.  Relief may be prayed for in the alternative.