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California Service of Process for Divorce
The server must be over 18 years of age and may not be a party to the action. He or she may be a friend or relative, an associate, a county sheriff, or a professional process server.
The server must serve the papers within the time requirement of action so that the recipient has time to exercise his or her rights to make a response. The server must complete a proof of service form that must be returned to the court. The form identifies the party served and states when, where and how it was served. It then becomes part of the record of the case.
In all divorce actions in California except summary, the divorce papers delivered by the server at the onset of the action are 1) the summons - family law, 2) the petition for divorce, and 3) a blank response form.
Types of Service
The rules governing service of process are described in California Code of Civil Procedure 412.10-412.30, 415.10-415.95, and 684.210-684.220.
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