Divorce is never easy, regardless of the circumstances. Even in the most amicable of divorces, things are emotional and stressful, and with so much paperwork and negotiation involved in a divorce, it can be easy to become overwhelmed by the minutia. And, while serving your spouse with divorce papers seems like a legal formality that isn’t very important, it is actually essential in ensuring the court can preside over your divorce and that things do not get dragged out more than necessary. Below, we explain the 3 reasons you need to hire a process server for divorce paperwork.

3 Reasons to Hire a Divorce Process Server

1. You are not legally allowed to serve your spouse with divorce paperwork.

Divorce papers must be served by a friend, family member, or more ideally, a process server. Process servers are familiar with the correct and legal way to serve someone which ensures you meet local laws and regulations otherwise you could experience problems with your divorce proceedings. A process server creates a legal paper trail that lets you and the courts know about the successful serving.

2. Your papers will be served within the legal time limit with a divorce process server.

Once you have filed your paperwork with the court, you have a limited amount of time to serve the paperwork to your spouse. If it is not within that time period, you may have to start the process over again.

3. Hiring a divorce process server protects you and your family and friends’ physical safety.

Even in amicable divorces, emotions can run high, and being in such close proximity to serve sensitive paperwork could, unfortunately, lead to an altercation if it is carried out by someone you. An impartial third party helps reduce emotional tension while protecting you and your family and friends’ physical safety.