Serving Documents and Forms for Divorce

Serving documents and forms for divorce

When it comes to legal documents, there are laws that require that parties involved in a legal action follow a clearly defined process to provide the other party with certain documents. This includes such specifics as how documents must be delivered, the timing of delivery, who is permitted to deliver those documents, and what documents and notices must be filed with the court clerk. This process is referred to as Service of Process and the record of the delivery is referred to as Proof of Service.


In general, Service of Process means that the other party must receive copies of documents filed in court by the other party. This is a critical step in the process as not serving the other party or following the appropriate steps means that the court will be unable to make any judgments or permanent orders. Once the party has received the documents as required by law, they have been properly served.


When it comes to serving documents, there are several methods that are acceptable for their delivery. It is important to note that not all methods of service can be used for all documents and processes. Thus, it is important to review state laws related to the documents being served to ensure appropriate service.


Depending upon the documents being served, common methods of acceptable service include:

  1. Personal Service

  2. Service by Mail

  3. Substituted Service

  4. Service by Notice and Acknowledgement of Receipt

  5. Service by Posting

  6. Service by Certified Mail