One of the most stressful aspects of the Divorce and Family Court process
is the process of serving your spouse/partner with the documents you have
filed in Court. The most frequent question asked is actually whether or
not the Plaintiff/Petitioner (person filing the case in court) can serve
the other party him or herself? In short: no.
Service of Process occurs when a process server, or other
non-party who is over the age of eighteen (18) gives (serves) the document filed
with the Court to (upon) the Defendant/Respondent. It is this act which
gives the Court jurisdiction over the Defendant/Respondent.
In most cases, the documents filed to start the divorce or family court
matter must be personally given to the Defendant/Respondent and cannot
be served in any other manner without first obtaining the Court’s
If you have questions about serving your spouse or partner with a divorce
or family court case, call my offices for your personal consultation.