Step 3 - SERVING NOTICE - There are five ways to serve your spouse the divorce papers if he or she does not currently reside in your residence and is not able to authorize the divorce papers submitted to the County Clerk.
1.Can be delivered personally by someone over the age of 18 (cannot be your child).
2.Certified Mail Return Receipt Requested is the Most Popular way to serve your spouse. The post office will automatically send you the receipt upon serving your spouse the divorce papers.
3. Hire the Sheriff or professional process server to handle the serving of your spouse if they are hard to find.
4. First Class Mail with an Acknowledgement Form that your spouse would need to Sign, Date, and Send Back (Not Recommended)
5. If all these processes fail the court will allow you to make a publication in the local newspaper where the spouse is a resident and you must submit a copy of the publication to present to the court.
Upon your Spouse receiving the divorce papers he or she will have 30 days to respond to the Petition.