Background info: I moved to SC in November. My ex lives in Wake County NC. I had a lawyer draft a complaint and file it for me in Wake County today (I did not file it in SC where I live because I would have had to wait until I lived here for a year before filing and I did not want to wait another year). I will be handling the rest of my case on my own.
I have some questions and I have been receiving conflicting information from my lawyer and different people at Wake County Court.
How do I serve my ex by mail? Certified return receipt requested? Or certified resticted and return receipt requested?
Once I receive confirmation that my ex has been served, what is my next step? I was told by a Wake clerk that I could have my lawyer pick up a notice of hearing form and I should then call them to request a date, however, my lawyer tried to get this form for me and she was told that I had to go to the court house myself to get a date. Is there any way for me to get a hearing date without having to go to the court house since I live out of state?
http://web.co.wake.nc.us/courts/documents/Divorce_Packet.pdf The directions say I need 3 copies of the Divorce Judgement, which looks like page 10 of the document on the link I posted. It also says I need 1 copy of the Certificate of Absolute Divorce, but I do not see a page on that document that has that title. What page is it?
The clerk I spoke with told me that I did not have to inform my ex about the hearing date, but the packet from the link above says I do. Do I have to serve him a notice of hearing and if so, do I have to show proof of how I served him this notice?
I appreciate your reply. This has been a very confusing process and I truly appreciate this forum and informative website!