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"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 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 (GN2) packet below contains forms and instructions for serving court papers in Family Court cases only.

Title File English Spanish
SSC Serve Family Papers GN2 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.

Order Title File English Spanish
1 Helpful Information on Serving the Other Party dr21h PDF PDF
2 How to serve the other party by acceptance of service gn22p PDF PDF
3 How to serve the other party by registered process server gn23p PDF PDF
4 How to serve the other party by sheriff gn26p PDF PDF
5 How to serve Family Court Papers by Mail or Other Delivery Service Requiring Signature Confirmation dr24p PDF PDF
6 How to serve notice to an incarcerated person dr25p PDF PDF
7 How to Serve the other party by "Publication" when you cannot find the other party gn25p PDF PDF
Order Title File English Spanish
1 Family Court Acceptance of Service Form dr22f PDF PDF
2 Family Court Affidavit of Service with Signature Confirmation dr24f PDF PDF
3 Declaration Supporting Publication (used only when you cannot find other party) gn25f PDF PDF
4 Declaration Supporting Out of State Service by Process Server or Sheriff gn27f PDF PDF
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