hello, my wife has hired an attorney to get a divorce, and she tried to send me the divorce papers but i'm planning on not receiving them and sign them. how long would it take to grant her the divorce if i was never served and signed the papers?
You need to sign them. She can seek costs of personal service if you don't. She can't get a divorce without serving you --but she will.
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You must be personally served in order for the case to go forward. If you are served the divorce documents by mail the case can go forward only if you sign and return a Court form "Notice and Acknowledgement of Receipt". If you are not personally served and you do not return an "Acknowledgement of Receipt" the matter will be in a hold status unless your wife obtains the Court's permission to serve you by publication. If your wife serves you by publication it will take longer than if you had been personally served. Generally if you were personally served or sign an acknowledgement of receipt and there are no problems you could be divorced in 6 months depending on the Court's backlog of cases. However, if your wife runs a publication it may take 9-12 months because there are a lot of hurdles to jump that take time before the Court gives permission to run the publication.
She will never get the divorce if you aren't served, but she WILL be able to access costs to you once you are found and served. Just accept service and get on with it.
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