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TO SERVE NOTICE FOR A PETITION TO ENFORCE AN ORDER IN A FAMILY CASES

"Service" means giving legally required notice to other parties that you have filed papers that may result in a court order that may affect them. The court papers can ONLY be delivered in a manner permitted by law, and proof of proper delivery must be filed with the court.

You may use the forms and instructions in this packet if...
  • You have filed a Petition to Enforce in the Superior Court in a Family Department case and you are required to serve notice on other parties of what you have filed with the Court.
  • You understand that your case cannot proceed until you have provided proof to the court that notice has been given in a manner permitted by law.
  • You understand that the law does NOT permit you (or a friend or relative) to hand-deliver the papers to the other party unless he or she (and no one else) will sign an "Acceptance of Service" form in front of a Notary or Clerk of the Superior Court, and return the form for you to file with the Court.

This packet contains general information and/or court forms and instructions about serving court papers.

Note that the (DRE2) packet below contains forms and instructions for serving a Petition to Enforce in Family Department cases only.

Packets
Title File English Spanish
Serve Petition to Enforce Family Case Orders DRE2 PDF PDF

The individual forms and instructions below are already included in the Packet(s) above. If you choose to download an individual document, make sure get any form or instruction that goes with it.

Instructions
Order Title File English Spanish
1 Helpful Information on Serving the Other Party dre21h PDF PDF
2 How to serve the other party by acceptance of service dre22p PDF PDF
3 How to serve the other party by registered process server dre23p PDF PDF
4 How to serve the other party by sheriff dre26p PDF PDF
Forms
Order Title File English Spanish
1 Family Court Acceptance of Service Form dre22f PDF PDF
2 Declaration Supporting Out of State Service by Process Server or Sheriff dre27f PDF PDF
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