Divorce is never a pleasant thing. When something that begins with such hope as a marriage comes to an end there is always a storm of emotions that must be dealt with. With so much happening, and none of it what you hoped for, it is easy to overlook something, especially in such a complicated and unfamiliar process. We at ASAP Serve can help ease some of that confusion by answering a few questions about the service of divorce papers.
What papers do I need to have served?
Any papers that were filed at the court to begin your divorce must be served. These include The Summons and Complaint, which is usually simply referred to as the “Summons”. It is important to note that there is a limit to the amount of time that can pass before the summons is served.
Can I be the Server?
No, you cannot deliver these papers yourself. A person involved in a court case cannot deliver legal papers for that case. You could ask a friend or relative to deliver the papers, and some sheriff and police departments will deliver the paperwork, but the best option is generally to use a professional process server such as ASAP Serve. A professional process server will know all the regulations of your area and can often find people that don’t always want to be found.
What does the Process Server do?
The process server must personally deliver a copy of the court papers to your spouse, ensuring the proper individual receives the documents and in the proper manner. They must then fill out a Proof of Service certifying that the paperwork was properly served and turn that proof over to you. The Proof of Service must then be filed with the county clerk to inform the court system and family courts of the service of process.
At ASAP Serve we know that this is not a good time. We realize there are a myriad of thing to worry about, and getting a few pieces of paper delivered isn’t really at the top of the list. That is why our process servers are here, to take that little bit of worry off of your mind. Please contact us if we can help in any way, we are very familiar with the greater Phoenix Area and would love to help.