I am located in Cook County, IL - my husband filed divorce papers on 5/25/16 in cook county. I still haven't received the summons - is there a way I can find out when I will receive it? Would I call the courthouse or who would I contact?
If you are anxious to pick up the summons and petition for dissolution of marriage, you can go to the sheriffs counter in Cook County and arrange for counter service. Call ahead to the civil division to make your arrangements.
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You could call the Cook County Courthouse and see if the summons is out for service. While jurisdictions vary, if it is still there you could see if they would let you "receive" it at the courthouse.
That's up to the speed of the process server - usually the county sheriff who will show up at your home, or your job, and hand you papers.
If you want to bypass your neighbors/co-workers from seeing the sheriff show up (And get the misimpression you've done something wrong), just file an appearance, which will waive service. You will also get 30 days from the date of filing an appearance to also file an answer to the petition for dissolution.
Talk to a family law attorney in your area for specific guidance.
Hire counsel. Give counsel the number of the case as you appear to know this information.
Counsel can enter an appearance and obtain copies for you.
You could contact the sheriff's office. An you also probably want to try to set up a consult with a good family law attorney.
You can contact your husband's attorney to find out if they have set up service with the sheriff's office or a special process server and the timing. You can also waive service if you agree to voluntarily file your Appearance. I would strongly advise hiring an attorney to represent you and handle your case. Let your attorney contact the other attorney for you and make arrangements to file his or her Appearance on your behalf.
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