Who Can Serve My Documents?

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The person who serves Opens new window a copy of your papers to your former spouse or partner can be anyone over the age of 18 who is NOT involved in the case. The server could be a:

  • Friend

  • Relative

  • County sheriff (in some counties, although not in Contra Costa – call the sheriff in the county where your former spouse or partner resides to check.)

  • Professional process server

NOTE: If you hire a process server, give him or her a photo of your former spouse or partner (if you have one) and a list of times and places when it will be easy to find that person. Look for a process server who is close to where the other party lives or works. Fees are often based on how far the server has to travel.

REMEMBER: You cannot be the server for your own case.

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