Diff in dates for filing for divorce vs being served


#1

I had my attorney file for divorce a month ago, and had him email me the paperwork. My intent was to serve my stbx myself and have her sign and have the paperwork notorized rather than having her served. She is confused and thinks her signature also means she agrees with our ED agreement that is still in progress, so she is refusing to sign it. Does the filing expire at some point if she doesn’t sign it? I will probably just go ahead and have her served to be sure, but I’m hoping the filing hasn’t already expired.


#2

A civil summons expires 90 days after issuance and you need to secure a new summons before that expiration. See Rule 4(d) of the Rules of Civil Procedure for all the details.