Serving or Receiving Divorce Papers
A few factors must be considered when serving your spouse with a divorce summons and complaint. If yours is a friendly divorce and it’s simply a matter of having the spouse who will be the defendant acknowledge receipt, they can sign an acknowledgment of service of the complaint upon them, and that acknowledgement could then be filed with the court to show that they were, in fact, served.
If the spouse will not sign an acknowledgment of service, or if you simply don’t know where the spouse is – or if the spouse adamantly refuses to accept service – you’ll have to enlist the services of a process server. The process server can serve the spouse either at their home or where they work. If you know that your spouse will be at a gym or other specific place at certain times, you can arrange for the process server to wait for them there and actually serve them with the complaint.
As an experienced New Jersey Divorce Attorney, I often hear from clients who were just served with divorce papers and are unsure how to respond. I advise clients to immediately consult with an experienced New Jersey Divorce Attorney.
These are time sensitive matters and you only have a certain amount of time to file an answer and counterclaim. The typical time-frame is about 35 days from the time you’ve been served. DO NOT DELAY!
If there are children involved, in order to protect your rights in regards to custody, child support, assets, and other issues, it’s imperative that you not sit on your rights. It is very important to take prompt action to retain an attorney to represent you.
Time frames for divorce proceedings vary, and any cookie cutter estimates will be unreliable. A divorce could be finalized in under a month, or it could drag on well past a year. The amount of time a divorce takes will depend upon the facts of the case and the willingness of both parties to communicate and to compromise. An experienced divorce attorney will be able to give you a more precise and reasonable estimate after examining your circumstances at an initial consultation.
Have you just received divorce papers and are unsure how to respond? Contact experienced New Jersey Divorce Attorney Brian Freeman for experienced and dedicated representation.
Whether you are the one serving or receiving divorce papers, we want to hear from you to provide you with the best possible representation. You deserve to have someone on your side during this very emotional time. We are eager to hear from you.
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