How do I serve a Summons (Family Law) and Petitiion-Marriage/Domestic Partnership (Family Law)?

How do I serve a Summons (Family Law) and Petitiion-Marriage/Domestic Partnership (Family Law)?

A Family Law Summons (FL-110) and a Family Law Petition (FL-100) for dissolution of marriage may be served either by personal or by substituted service, in the same manner as a summons in all Civil actions (Family Code 2040). The FL-110 has standard restraining orders keeping the respondent from disposing of, or taking funds from, community property bank accounts, stock portfolios, and other investments or shared assets, etc. (Family Code 240). The standard restraining order is only in effect if the respondent is personally served.

The Summons/Petition can also be served by mail if you and your spouse or domestic partner are cooperating on your family law case. Someone 18 years or older (NOT you), that is not involved in the case, preferably a Registered Process Server, must mail your documents along with 2 copies of the Notice of Acknowledgment of Receipt (Family Law) (FL-117). 

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