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Certificate of Service


Term Definition Certificate of Service - a written statement, completed by a process server, proving to the court that a copy of a document was served on its intended recipient.
Application in Divorce The signed certificate of service proves that the process server served (delivered) a document to its intended recipient.

When completed, the certification of service becomes part of the record.

The process server (typically the sheriff’s office) completes this document immediately after he or she hand delivers the summons and petition or complaint to the non-filing party. It is this time stamped and dated document that is delivered back to the filing party to use as verification with court that proper service has been preformed. A divorce case is at a standstill until proper notification has been verified by the court.

Similar to a certificate of mailing, but rather the summons and petition or complaint are not mailed to the non-fling party, but rather hand delivered by a process server. This is certainly a more bullet-proof method of notification of the divorce if it is in question by the court.

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