Tips for serving family court documents on an abusive former partner

All court documents prepared by a woman in her case must be served on her former partner before the case can move forward. Different documents and circumstances require different kinds of service. The rules about document service can be found in the Family Law Rules at Rule 6.

Where both parties are represented by lawyers, the lawyers have responsibility for serving the documents on one another, and then each lawyer meets with her/his client to review the documents and prepare any responding documents that may be required.

If a woman is unrepresented, she must make her own arrangements to serve the documents. If her former partner is represented by a lawyer, the woman would have the documents served on his lawyer. If he is unrepresented, he will have to be served directly.

To learn more, read our FAQ on serving family court documents on an abusive ex-partner.

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