Can my soon-to-be ex-spouse’s relative serve me divorce papers?
I do not practice law in your state. Therefore, I cannot inform you as to the specific laws of your state, but I can provide you with general tips in divorce.
If your state is similar to Pennsylvania, you are able to be served a divorce complaint by the sheriff or a competent adult. A competent adult includes anyone over the age of 18, who is not a party to the action, nor an employee or relative of the action. Therefore, in Pennsylvania, your soon-to-be ex-wife’s relative would not be able to serve you divorce papers.
If you are avoiding service and do not want your soon-to-be ex-wife’s relative to be able to serve you your divorce papers, you will need to speak to an attorney in your state to determine the specific laws regarding service in your state. Remember, I am unable to provide you with anything more than divorce tips for men, so please consult a domestic litigation attorney in your area to obtain specific advice as to the laws in your state and how they impact your case.
Dan Pearce is an Online Editor for Lexicon, focusing on subjects related to the legal services of customers, Cordell & Cordell and Cordell Planning Partners. He has written countless pieces on MensDivorce.com, detailing the plight of men and fathers going through the divorce experience, as well as the issues seniors and their families experience throughout the estate planning journey on ElderCareLaw.com. Mr. Pearce has managed websites and helped create content, such as the Men’s Divorce Newsletter and the YouTube series, “Men’s Divorce Countdown.” He also has been a contributor on both the Men’s Divorce Podcast and ElderTalk with TuckerAllen.
Mr. Pearce assisted in fostering a Cordell Planning Partners practice area specific for Veterans, as they deal with the intricacies of their benefits while planning for the future. He also helped create the Cordell Planning Partners Resource Guide and the Cordell Planning Partners Guide to Alternative Residence Options, specific for seniors with questions regarding their needs and living arrangements.