Unlike personally handing documents to a party, Service by Mail means that someone who is not a party to the case delivers the documents through the mail. Although an easy method of service, it is one that is not considered to be very reliable because the court cannot know for sure that someone received the documents.
Here’s how one can serve divorce papers. Typically, common requirements for service by mail may include that:
1. The server mails the papers to the party being served for divorce. In a divorce action, since the parties are people, the papers can be mailed to their home or mailing address.
2. The server then completes a Proof of Service, signs the Proof of Service, and returns it to the serving party to file in court.
3. Service by mail is usually considered complete five days after the papers are mailed.