Who Can Serve Divorce Papers?

Many clients come to our Newport Beach divorce firm and wonder whether or not there are certain procedures or conditions for initiating a divorce. If you are considering divorce, the chances are that you or your spouse have had these thoughts brewing for some time; it was only a matter of making the matter official. There are some cases where the opposite may be true.

How to Serve Divorce Papers in CA

Most of the time, divorce papers are served either by using a process server or by hiring a sheriff. In some instances, divorce papers have also been served via certified mail. Service is the first step in the legal process.

We have heard of cases where one spouse has been completely blindsided after receiving the divorce papers. For these spouses, the act is met with confusion and even aggression at the time. Naturally, at Burch, Coulston & Shepard, LLP, we want to avoid a hostile response. Remember that with any situation that takes such an emotional toll, communication is key.

Some of the important matters to discuss before deciding on divorce might include:

  • An agreement on the potential outcome of a child custody matter
  • What will happen with the home that you share—who will keep the home and who will be moving out?
  • How you expect to divide your finances, and who will be responsible for what

It may take a few conversations to come to a compromise on what the next steps are in the process. Cases such as child custody, child support, or spousal support (alimony), can be some of the most contentious. It may not be worth your while to serve your spouse with the divorce papers if you know that he or she will be averse, avoid the matter, or react aggressively.

We Can Help Resolve Your Divorce or Family Law Matter

Ultimately, before you ever begin the divorce process, take the time first to discuss with your spouse on how you wish to settle matters. As Newport Beach divorce lawyers, we understand that not every divorce will end amicably; however, finding a fair compromise between you and your spouse can make the process much smoother, saving time, energy, and expense, when all is said and done.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Burch, Coulston & Shepard, LLP to schedule an initial appointment with our caring lawyers. We have 130 years of collective legal experience and are prepared to help you find the answers you need.

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