§56-4-58. Claim in answer for affirmative relief; special reply.
A defendant in a suit in equity may, in his answer, allege any
new matter constituting a claim for affirmative relief in such suit
against the plaintiff or any defendant therein, in the same manner
and with like effect as if the same had been alleged in a crossbill
filed by him therein; and in such case, if the plaintiff or
defendant against whom such relief is claimed desire to controvert
the relief prayed for in the answer, he shall file a special reply
in writing, denying such allegations of such answer as he does not
admit to be true, and stating any facts constituting a defense
thereto. But in case a defendant allege new matter in his answer
upon which he relies for and prays affirmative relief, such
defendant shall not file a crossbill in the same cause except upon
condition of striking from his answer all such matter and prayer
for affirmative relief as are contained in such crossbill.