Is certified mail receipt necessary with defendant response?


#1

My soon-to-be-ex-husband lives in South Africa. We have no kids together, no common property or anything. I sent the summons to my ex via registered mail. I thought it was basically the same thing as certified mail (the post office worker told me I couldn’t send the summons via certified mail internationally, and suggested I send the papers via registered mail.) Unfortunately, they could no longer track the mail after it left the US, so I don’t have a receipt showing that he received the mail (other than a facebook message where he confirmed he did get the mail—although I really don’t think that would be sufficient enough evidence!) Fortunately, though, my ex DID send a response, with a notarization from his sheriff’s office in South Africa. Would this be sufficient to prove that he was served?

I’m really not sure what to do at this point, if I still need the mail receipt from when he was served. I had thought of copying the summons and resending it to him another way, but it wouldn’t make any sense because the date arrived would be the end of August, while his response papers were notarized at the end of July. It has been 30 days now since he received the summons, but I am thinking of waiting til 30 days after the notarization date on his papers, since I don’t have a mail receipt. Do you think this would be the best way to proceed?

:-/ I hope all this makes sense. I truly appreciate any help. Thank you so much!


#2

If he has filed a responsive pleading in the matter then you should be fine to show service. You might also want to print out the facebook acknowledgment as well.


#3

Thank you so much!! :slight_smile:


#4

You are most welcome! I’m glad I could be of assistance.