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Each person named as a respondent in your petition the form you file to start your case must be served with the initial court papers. Exception: A respondent does not need to be served with the initial court papers if he or she will voluntarily fill out and :.
You can skip the rest of this article if each respondent will voluntarily fill out and an answer or waiver of service. You must arrange for a constable, sheriff, or private process server to serve the initial court papers. You may need to ask the district clerk to issue the citation so that you can give it to a constable, sheriff, or private process server. You can have a constable, sheriff, private process server, or the court clerk serve the respondent using one of these methods.
The constable, sheriff, or private process server will:. You should only use service by registered or certified mail if you know that the respondent will for the certified letter.
If someone else s for the letter or the respondent does not his or her name exactly as it is written on your petition, you will have to pay another fee and have the respondent served a different way. You can ask the judge for permission to serve the respondent another way if the constable, sheriff, or private process server:. You must file a Motion for Substituted Service and a Rule b Affidavit from the constable, sheriff or private process server. If the judge is convinced that the respondent can be found at the location where service was attempted, the judge can an Order for Substituted Service that authorizes the constable, sheriff, or private process server to:.
See Texas Rule of Civil Procedure b. It is possible to serve someone by social media. Read Can you serve someone citation through social media? This method of service is used if you cannot find the respondent after looking really hardand there are no children involved.
This method of service is used if you cannot find the respondent after looking really hardand there are children involved. Citation is issued by both newspaper and by a statewide public information web site. As a general rule, only the initial custody papers need to be served by a constable, sheriff, private process server or the court clerk. You can serve the rest of the papers yourself. Send a copy of any papers you file in the case to each respondent.
If a respondent has a lawyer, send a copy to the lawyer instead. You can use any of these delivery methods:. Exception: If you file an amended petition and the respondent has not filed an answer, you must:. Substituted service through social media is authorized under Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code Check with your court!
Look at the court's web site to see its local rules and procedures. Talk to a lawyer who practices in your jurisdiction about it. If in-person service has not worked, ask your judge if you can have someone served through an alternative method. This is called alternative service. The bar is high to prove that social media is the best alternative method because of issues of privacy and ensuring the intended person actually received the notice.
Social media can also be helpful to build up proof that you know where the other party is located. New rules about service by social media took effect on December 31, Common Topics. Family, Divorce, and Children.
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Types of Legal Help. Qualifying for Legal Aid. Working with Private Attorneys. Professional Use Only Forms. Search Search. Do I have to serve the respondent s with the initial court papers? What papers do I have served? Can I be the server? How can the respondent be served? Personal Service. This method is best. The constable, sheriff, or private process server will: deliver the initial court papers to the respondent in person; and complete a Return of Service form that says when and where the respondent was served; and file the completed Return of Service with the court or send it to you to file with the court.
The Return of Service is proof the respondent was served. The respondent will NOT have to anything. Substituted Service by Court Order. You can ask the judge for permission to serve the respondent another way if the constable, sheriff, or private process server: has tried to serve the respondent in person or by registered or certified mail without success; and can confirm that the respondent lives, works, or can be found at the location where service was attempted.
If the judge is convinced that the respondent can be found at the location where service was attempted, the judge can an Order for Substituted Service that authorizes the constable, sheriff, or private process server to: leave a copy of the initial court papers with anyone over 16 at the location specified in the affidavit or authorize service in any other manner that will be reasonably effective to give the respondent notice.
Service by Posting. Service by Publication.
Getting the respondent served can be complicated. If you have questions, talk to a lawyer. How do I serve the rest of the court papers I file? You can use any of these delivery methods: Hand delivery Regular mail or certified mail, return receipt requested Commercial delivery service for example FedEx Fax Electronic service through the electronic filing manager. Exception: If you file an amended petition and the respondent has not filed an answer, you must: ask the clerk to reissue the citation and attach a copy of your amended petition, and arrange for the respondent to be served by a constable, sheriff, or private process server with the new citation and amended petition.
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This is the form for the Motion for Substituted Service. Download Form. Sworn statement explaining steps taken to try and locate and serve Respondent divorce with children. Use to request permission to serve Respondent by posting at the courthouse or electronically divorce, no children. Sworn statement explaining steps taken to try to locate and serve Respondent divorce, no children. Order judge may granting permission to serve Respondent by posting divorce, no children.I just want to serve you
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