One of the biggest misunderstandings and questions I get is about how and who can serve the divorce papers if you are divorcing in California.
We will discuss the process of service in this post and have also included a video of the different types of mail service and personal service and who can serve which forms.
Watch this brief video about serving divorce papers or continue reading below.
In the video we discuss who can file your divorce forms and how to file the proof of service forms.
Remember, that the initial divorce forms (summons and petition) have to be personally served. They have to be personally served by someone over 18 and cannot be you.
The video above will walk you through how to fill out the California divorce proof of service of summons (personal service form).
There is a way that you can mail your initial divorce forms to your spouse as well. Again, it cannot be done by you. So you will have to have someone mail the divorce summons and petition to your spouse. You need to complete and include a notice of acknowledgment of receipt form FL-117. You spouse, once received, will have to sign the form which acknowledges that they have received the divorce papers.
When they mail it back to you, you will then complete the proof of service of summons and attach the notice of acknowledgment of receipt. Both need to be filed together with the court at the same time. Make sure to check the appropriate boxes on the proof of service of summons.
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