Yes, his sister can serve him. After she does, have her fill out a proof of service setting forth when, where, and what time she served him. The form can be found here: http://www.courts.ca.gov/documents/fl115.pdf Good luck.
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I once had a case in which my client's wife lived in Mexico. My client's brother served the wife's mother with the divorce papers and completed the proper California service of summons form, and in the end we obtained the judgment of divorce. After the final judgment of divorce was filed the Mexican embassy sent a letter to me and to the judge objecting to the divorce, however, it was too late, and the judgment could not be undone. Besides, the Mexican consulate had no right to send a letter to the judge. For whatever reason, they did not seem to know the procedure for undoing a judgment; certainly it was improper to just send a letter. In any event, have the sister serve the papers and fill out the service of summons, and it should be fine. I suggest you consult with an attorney to make sure you do everything right the first time. Otherwise, if something is done wrong, you will have to serve the divorce papers again, and the sister might not be willing to do this again. Just a word to the wise.
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The sister may serve him personally for you but you can't serve him personally. Make sure you file a proof of personal service with the court.
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