Was I served with divorce or custody papers?
But what about if my spouse left the country? I have no idea where he is. How do I give him notice? You can ask the court for permission to do unique and interesting service attempts when the circumstances require it. It's possible in a divorce case that you could be handed what's called a waiver of service, which is a document that if you sign it, you are waiving your right to service a process. It's important to know that those documents can also include waivers of other things, such as right to notice of any hearings or trials, and it's important to really know what you're signing before doing so. Those documents also must be accompanied by the actual document that was filed with the court. Otherwise, it's ineffective. But it's important to know that when you receive documents, either informally from your spouse or formally from a process server, that something's going on and you need to take action on it.