Unless the party to be served has appeared in court already on the matter, filed an answer, or has executed a Waiver of Service, the case will be dismissed and there will be no divorce if service is not had or a "return of service" is not otherwise on file.
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In Georgia, a divorce cannot be granted unless the Court has proper jurisdiction over the Defendant; this is typically accomplished by personal service of summons and process, acknowledgement of service of summons and process, publication of summons and process (only in specific situations or a voluntary court appearance without raising (and thereby waiving) the issue of the lack of service of summons and process (no jurisdiction over the Defendant).
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