To formally begin the divorce the plaintiff must file a “Summons” or a “Summons with a Complaint” with the county clerk’s office. According to state law, a defendant in a divorce must be served within 120 days after a plaintiff has filed the summons.
There are several acceptable ways to serve divorce papers in New York:
1. Ask a neutral party over the age of 18 to personally hand it to your spouse.
2. Send a petition via certified mail with a return receipt.
3. Hire a process server to deliver your divorce petition promptly.
Serving divorce papers has to be done accurately or you’ll have to redo the entire process. This means filing new paperwork and paying an additional filing fee. Our experienced process servers are trained to serve divorce papers in New York quickly and seamlessly. We can help you avoid common missteps and ensure a stress-free delivery.
Our times are some of the quickest in the city. We can serve your papers within the following time frame:
- Standard Service (3 to 5 days),
- Rush Service (24 to 48 hours), or
- Same Day Service (On the same day)
The server delivers the divorce summons to the defendant and fills out an Affidavit of Service that indicates the recipient’s name and the time, date, and address of service.
Our qualified process servers know the ins and outs of serving divorce papers in New York. We can guide you in properly filling out an affidavit of service and filing it with the court clerk. We also know the right days and times to carry out the service.
If service is done improperly or if you miss any deadlines, the case cannot move forward and you may have to go back to square one.
As a diligent and licensed agency, we have always served defendants in the manner required by law. Hand delivering your documents in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, and Staten Island in addition to Long Island’s Nassau and Suffolk counties. We will serve the papers during the selected time frame and provide you with the necessary proof (Affidavit of Service) timeously.
When you have made the decision to file for divorce you want the process to be completed as quickly as possible. That starts with having your papers served in a timely manner. Once a defendant is served, they will have 20 days to file their response.
Therefore, your selection criteria for an agency should be based on whether you would like the process to be effortless, stress-free and expeditious. You could choose a cheap agency, or use a quick agency but, you will find it less time consuming and more cost effective if you choose the right agency.
An agency that:
- Serves the court documents on time.
- Files your Affidavit of Service quickly.
- Sends you real time notifications of the delivery’s progress.
- Is ethical and trustworthy.
- Has a track record of successfully serving even the most evasive defendants.
Our service is straightforward and efficient. Many of those who need to have documents served end up with a disaster on their hands because they did not choose the best agency for the job. They will end up using our services, nonetheless. So, if you’re serious about your divorce why not contact us today? We can serve your soon to be ex-spouse in half the time and with twice as much care as our competitors.