Can I serve summons in person?


any one know?


have them served at work. i don’t think you can do it yourself. it has to be documented, like in certified mail or the police dept. the post office will give them a peach slip they can pick it up on saturday.



You may only serve by certified mail or the sheriff can serve the document in person. You cannot serve the document in person if it is a complaint and summons.

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Following the DIY divorce procedures outlined on this site:

Can I just serve the summons in person and just get the signature that way, versus dealing with certified mail (no one is home during day to sign) or Sheriff? The form itself seems to indicate this is an option, thought I’d check.

Also, I must wait 30 days after the Return of the Summons service before getting a court date, is that correct?