Do I Have to Serve My Spouse Divorce Papers?

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If you’re about to go through the divorce process, you likely have several questions. Divorce is uncomfortable, and, often, contentious. Not only are you ending a likely years-long relationship, but you’re also likely negotiating terms of child custody, child support, spousal support, and property distribution, involving issues such as who gets to keep the house. That said, for this reason, we completely understand just how uncomfortable it can be to initiate the divorce process, because to do so, you will have to serve your spouse divorce papers. Fortunately, there are ways to make it slightly easier on yourself. Please continue reading and reach out to a knowledgeable Los Angeles divorce attorney from the Zitser Family Law Group, APC to learn more about how this process works and how our firm can help. Here are some of the questions you may have:

Will I have to serve my spouse divorce papers personally?

As you can imagine, serving your spouse with divorce papers can be very uncomfortable, if not downright confrontational. Fortunately, in the state of California, you are actually not allowed to do this yourself even if you wanted to. In fact, you are required to have a process server do this on your behalf. That said, your lawyer can absolutely fill the role of process server, which can simplify matters.

How can an attorney help me from there?

Once your lawyer has served your spouse with divorce papers, they will then guide you through the remainder of the divorce process, which, depending on your spouse and the circumstances of your divorce, may be a long and arduous one. Especially if your divorce is contested, you’ll need a competent lawyer in your corner who can help you fight for the outcome you need. Our legal team has extensive experience helping clients through each phase of the divorce process, and we are here to help you as well. In many ways, your future is at stake when it comes to a divorce, which is why you need a legal advocate who is experienced, level-headed, and strong. Fortunately, you are in the right place.

If you have any other questions or you need an attorney, please do not hesitate to contact the Zitser Family Law Group today.

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