Serving petition for divorce
Serving the petition is a critical step in the divorce process. Here is a brief overview of how to serve the petition for divorce:
- Choose a method of service: There are several methods of serving the petition for divorce, including personal service, service by mail, and service by publication. Personal service is the most common method and involves delivering the divorce papers directly to the other party. Service by mail involves sending the papers by certified mail, while service by publication involves publishing a notice of the divorce in a local newspaper if the other party cannot be located.
- Hire a process server: If you choose to serve the petition by personal service, you may need to hire a process server to do so. A process server is a professional who is authorized to serve legal papers on behalf of an individual or attorney. The process server will deliver the divorce papers to the other party and fill out a proof of service form.
- Complete the proof of service form: After the papers have been served, the proof of service form must be completed and filed with the court. This form confirms that the other party received the divorce papers and that service was properly completed.
- Wait for the other party's response: After the papers have been served, the other party will have a certain amount of time to respond to the petition. The amount of time varies by state, but is typically between 20 and 30 days.
Note that the specific procedures and rules for serving divorce papers can vary by state and even by county. If you are considering filing for divorce, it's important to consult with an experienced divorce attorney in your area who can guide you through the process and help protect your legal rights.