I received divorce summons and am supposed to respond to the summons within 30 days. Should I also serve the response to my spouse? If yes, then should I serve the response to my spouse within this 30 days period? Or can I serve even later?
1 Answer from Attorneys
You must file the response along with proof of service on your spouse's attorney if your spouse has one, or directly on your spouse if they are self-represented. Bear in mind that you cannot do the serving. Someone over 18 and not a party to the case must serve all papers in civil cases, including divorce. You can, however, have your server do the service by mail. So the normal practice is to prepare the response, have someone serve it for you (usually by depositing it in the mail) and sign a proof of service, and then file both the response and proof of service with the court.