A followup/related question.
Since my wife and I are cooperating, is there a way to officially “serve” her the papers without using the sheriff or registered mail. That is, can I “serve” her the papers myself and us go to a notary and her sign an affidavit that she received the papers at such and such a date/time? I’m thinking of something similar to the “Affidavit of Service” form except that we would both sign and it would state that I handed her the papers and she received them. Something like:
NC In the … justice
Wake County District Court Division
V AFFIDAVIT OF SERVICE
That a copy of the Civil Summons and Complaint were hand delivered to and accepted by the Defendant by the Plaintiff in the presence of the below signed Notary Public at the time of signing this statement.