Is Your Spouse Avoiding Being Served Divorce Papers In Los Angeles
Hi, this is Tim Blankenship again with divorce661.com, 661-281-0266. We specialize in divorce in Los Angeles County.
Now that I got that out of the way, I want to talk about a portion of the divorce process, one of the first things that will happen when you’re going through divorce and that is the process of service.
And specifically I want to talk about the issue of being served and specifically avoiding service. We’ve had two cases in the last month where one of the spouses has attempted to avoid being served.
Now, for you to get to that point, obviously it’s not as amicable as we thought it was going to be when we first started because initially whenever I work with some spouses that are getting divorce is to make it as amicable as possible and not hire a process server if necessary.
What we generally will do is submit and mail a copy of the divorce papers, initial divorce papers to the other spouse and all they have to do is simply sign a document saying I received it and mail back to me. It’s very civil, very simple, very cost effective; it doesn’t cost anything to do that.
In some cases the spouse just won’t do it. Says they will and won’t, refuse to and then we have to hire a process server. It just frustrates the process. We have to have our clients spend more money on a process server and spend the time getting that done.
At the end of the day the same thing occurs as if that person just signed the form so as far as I am concern it’s very silly to do, it’s very juvenile to do but this is emotional thing for some people and that’s just what some folks do.
So, I don’t understand why anyone would want to avoid being served. It is going to happen eventually. Make it easy on your spouse. It’s just setting this whole divorce process up to be even more complicated. You’re setting the stage to make it more difficult just cooperate in the beginning, I know it’s an emotional thing you’re going through but just realize that it’s going to happen regardless, let’s make it as civil as possible, let’s avoid hiring a process server and let’s not have the extra costs and frustrations of a process server simply just sign the document that we send you and we can get the ball rolling on your divorce.
We had a couple cases as I mentioned this month where people simply were not only refusing to sign the paper but were refusing to accept service from the process server and is going as far as trying to elude the process server by watching out their window for the process server if they are there. They wouldn’t come outside, won’t come to the door and it’s just silly. It takes more time of the process server, and then it costs your spouse more money to have them sit around, waiting for you and watch if you either come out of the house and all the things they do.
So, anyways, I just wanted to let you know if you are going to be served or if you have been contacted by our company because your spouse is working with us, we’re not here on their side to, we’re just here to get process done, help you guys get through the paperwork and being served is one of those steps. If you avoid signing the document that says you received the paperwork, then we have no choice but to hire a process server.
This is Tim Blankenship, divorce661.com.
If you have any questions about the process of service and what constitute good service, please give me a call: 661-281-0266 and thanks for reading!