January 2, 2015 By Paul Wallin

If you need to serve your spouse with divorce papers, you need to be careful how you do so. If your spouse is not aware that you are filing for divorce, you need to make sure you are being sensitive when serving divorce papers. Your spouse will experience many emotions when served with divorce papers, and doing so in an insensitive way could be taken as a declaration of war.

In California, the best way to serve divorce papers is through personal service. Your experienced divorce attorney at Wallin & Klarich can help you start this process.

Personal Service or Postal Service?

After you have filed your divorce with the court, you must facilitate in serving your spouse with the Summons and the Complaint. The easiest way to do so is to have the papers delivered by personal service. Any person 18 years old or older other than you can serve your spouse with these divorce papers. Once divorce papers have been served, the person who served the papers will sign an affidavit acknowledging that he or she physically served the papers, and the divorce process can continue.

You can have a family member or friend serve the papers, or you can hire the county sheriff or a professional process server to hand-deliver the papers to your spouse. You should not choose a child of the marriage to serve the papers to a spouse as this could lead to awkward feelings.

If you and your spouse have already agreed to divorce and your spouse has agreed to accept service by mail, you can serve the papers by sending them via mail with a notice and acknowledgement of receipt form.

Before serving your spouse with divorce papers, consider talking to your divorce attorney about the best way to go about doing so. Depending on whether your spouse is expected to contest the divorce or if you and your spouse have agreed on the divorce and related issues, your attorney will be able to help you serve the documents in the correct manner.

Considering Divorce? Contact the Divorce Attorneys at Wallin & Klarich

A divorce can be difficult and costly for families, which is why it is important to have an experienced California divorce lawyer review your case and advise you on the best options for your case. The attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have been successfully handling divorce cases for more than 30 years. You can rely on Wallin & Klarich to obtain the best possible result in your case.

If you are going through a divorce, it is essential that you get the assistance of an experienced divorce attorney from Wallin & Klarich. With offices located in Los AngelesOrangeRiversideSan Bernardino,San Diego,  VictorvilleWest CovinaSherman OaksTorrance andVentura , there is a Wallin & Klarich attorney available wherever you happen to live.

To speak with an experienced California divorce lawyer about your case, please call us today at (888) 749-7428 for a free phone consultation. We will get through this together.

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