Divorce is a complicated process. For some couples, the process can last for years. For others, the process is completed soon after the papers are filed. However, despite all the uniqueness that a divorce can have, most divorces begin in the same way. One of the first steps required to begin the process of divorce is to serve divorce papers. Ensuring that papers are delivered is legally required.
Some people wait a long time before they decide to end their marriage. Many divorce proceedings begin when a couple beings to draw up documents thoroughly covering the reasons for divorce as well as what they would ideally want out of their divorce settlement. This may include such topics as child support and the division of assets. Once these papers have been drawn up, almost always with the help of an attorney, they are filed in court. The courthouse where they are filed will not necessarily be in the county of the one asking for a divorce.
However, in some circumstances, it may be that only one spouse decides to file for divorce. In these instances, they must serve their spouse with divorce papers. This can be easily done by delivering the papers in person or through certified mail. However, sometimes serving papers proves to be more difficult. In this case, a legal messenger may be sent. If this proves unsuccessful, people may put warnings in means of publication that inform someone that their divorce proceedings are about to take place. Usually, the individual will post a notification in a local newspaper, and this notification will run for several days. The other spouse will have a specified amount of time to respond to this post.