Filing divorce - letter to foreign address


my spouse currently spends time outside the USA. He will only be back in six weeks from now.

Here is my question: In order for me to start the divorce procedures, may I possibly send the certified mail letter from the court to a foreign address in Europe, yet an address that is not the spouse’s official address of residence? And would the court accept mail correspondence that has been sent back and forth between the US and Europe?

Or should I send the certified mail to his US address and then have possibly a roommate forward the letter to Europe, have him sign, send it inofficially back to the US and then have it returned back officially within the US postal system?

This is because am trying to file the divorce while I am still living in the US myself, hence the urgency / trying to avoid delays in mailing.

You can serve a defendant at an address outside of the US. The best way to do this is to send the court complaint and civil summons to the defendant (any address that the defendant may be located) by UPS or FedEx package with the requirement that the recipient of the package (i.e. the defendant) sign for the package upon delivery.

This counts as proper service just like mailing through USPS by certified mail.

Anna Ayscue

Attorney with Rosen Law Firm Cary • Chapel Hill • Durham • Raleigh • Wake Forest

Rosen Online | Unlimited confidential access to a North Carolina attorney for $199/mo - click here

The response posted above is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only reliable manner to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an attorney, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an accurate opinion. The basic information provided above is intended as a public service only, a full discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action. The information posted on this forum is available for public viewing and is not intended to create an attorney client relationship with any individual. These answers are provided for informational purposes only, a person should consult with their own individual legal counsel before taking any action that could affect their legal rights or obligations.