FAQ: How Do I “Serve” My Spouse with a Divorce?

“I keep hearing that I have to ‘serve’ my spouse for a divorce. What does this mean, and how can I do it?“

The law affords everyone ‘due process.’ Or in plain English, before you can sue someone, you have to first tell them what you want and why. Yes – a divorce is a lawsuit! Your spouse therefore must receive notice (via “service”) that you have filed suit, as well as notice of what exactly you are suing them for. In other words, you have to tell your spouse the legal reason for your requested divorce. If you do not get your spouse properly served, your case can be delayed.

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