Giving Legal Notice Service of Citation and Service of Documents
It is required under the Texas Family Code that a spouse be notified when
a divorce case has been opened. This means they must be informed that
you the Petitioner have asked the Court to do something that might affect
the Respondent's (other spouse) legal rights. It is not enough for
you the Petitioner to tell the Respondent (your spouse) about the lawsuit.
You must follow the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure in giving legal notice.
Methods of Service
There are 4 methods approved under the Texas Rules of civil procedure for
giving legal notice or delivering divorce papers those include personal
service, service by certified mail, substituted service, and publication.
Personal service is the best choice for service and the one we are going
to focus on in this article. This means the process server will hand deliver the
divorce petition to your spouse. By using this method the Court knows that your spouse
has actually received notice of the divorce when personal service is accomplished.
divorce paperwork is filed if service needed you will fill out a service request. You can
select to have papers delivered by a constable or sheriff or private process
server. If you are wanting the county to handle it you will pay for the
constable to deliver the papers. If you want to use a private process
server you will fill out the contact information for the private process
server you are wanting to use and the district clerk will call the private
process server to come pick up the
divorce papers when they are ready for delivery.
Constable / Sheriff
A constable usually costs a little less and if your spouse lives in the
county this may be a good rout to take. However, if they do not live in
the county you may have to pay an additional fee and have the paperwork
shipped out of county to a constable who is local to your spouse.
Private Process Server
Alternatively you can hire a private process server who works in more than
one area. This is often a quicker rout to take than paying for a constable
to deliver the divorce paperwork. The private process servers we use at
the Law Office of Bryan Fagan are also members of network of private process
servers. This means if they do not service an area such as when we need
someone served out of state they can get in contact with a process server
in that area to get the spouse served.
Waiver of service
Another method under the Texas Family Code is if they are willing to sign
a Waiver of Service. A waiver of service is a document the Respondent
spouse signs waiving the requirement for service. By signing the waiver
of services, the spouse agrees that it is not necessary to have them served
by a process server for the
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