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How long do I have to file a Proof of Service form?

Palo Alto, CA |

Is two weeks too long? I am driving down to LA from SF to serve divorce papers on behalf of my sister. I plan to locate her husband late Friday afternoon to serve him, as that is the only time I am positive I can "catch" him in person. The courthouse will be closed by the time I get there to file the Proof of Service form, and I need to drive back to SF on Saturday. I plan on returning to LA in 2 weeks, but I'm worried it may be too late to file the Proof of Service form by then.

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  1. You can wait to service the Proof of Service for two weeks as long as you indicate the proper date on which he was served.

    Alternatively, you can file the documents by mail. Below is a link to the California Court website which will answer all your questions on how to file documents by mail, where to mail them to, how many copies you will need, etc. Good luck.

    http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp/lowcost/filemail.htm


  2. Just ensure that the date on which you actually serve him is accurate. You can return the proof of service (Via certified/tracked mail) to your sister and she can file it. OR you may be able to fax file it. Personally, I would not put an original proof of service in the mail to file with the court. If you are going to mail it, mail a copy.

    Best of luck to you.

    This response is intended to be a general statement of law, should not be relied upon as legal advice and does not create an attorney/client relationship.


  3. Some counties do have local rules that require the proof of service be filed no later than 60 days from the time of service, so be aware of those rules as well.

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