Locating and serving


#1

As a victim of domestic violence, I have a no contact order in place and am not currently aware of where my husband is living in order to serve him papers. I have an address that I believe belongs to his family but no way to verify it. I have done an online search/background check via a paid site with no usable results. I have looked into hiring a private investigator but their cost is outside my budget as a single mom getting no child support ($300-$600+). The cost of the paperwork is already stretching my budget.
My question is, if I send the paperwork certified mail to the address I have and someone in his family signs for it, will it be considered served in court? Or, if I have the sheriff serve it and he is not living at the address I have, will they attempt to find a newer address and serve it there? Thank you.


#2

If he has already been served in the underlying action, you can serve subsequent papers at his last known address (or the address at which he was served/the address on file at the courthouse). If you serve the initial action and ex parte order via certified mail and a party other than him signs for it and you have no proof that he lives there, it will not be considered good service.