Service of Divorce/Legal Separation Summons & Petition
Service by Publication is a last resort and can only be used if personal service did not work. This Service by Publication Packet is available ONLY to assist individuals who are filing an action for divorce or legal separation. You have a responsibility to make every effort to make personal service if possible, which includes gathering reasonably available information from family and friends to try and determine the other party’s location, where the other party works, socializes, or car type and license plate number.
You may use this packet to attempt Service by Publication only if the following apply:
NOTE: Even if you were unable to find the other party using one of the primary methods, you must still have him/her served within the 90-day deadline established by statute. If you are unable to serve the other party within the required time limits, you may write a letter to the court within the 90-day time limit requesting up to 60 more days to have the other party served. You must then have the other party served by publication within the time limits provided by the court.
Below you will find the Instructions and all the forms you will need to get from the beginning to the end of this court process. You have the option to:
Please keep in mind that not all forms are due at the same time. Review the Instructions (we recommend that you print it and keep it with your papers) to determine in what order to complete each form and other tasks required.
Hint: ONLY COMPLETE THE TASKS IN THE ORDER THEY ARE LISTED-Read ahead, but do not work ahead.