Trying to serve my ex husband he lives in PA and he will not sign for the certified mail. What is my next step? I am in MD
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You can serve papers via certified mail restricted delivery to any adult resident of his household or you can pay the local sheriff's department to serve him, or -- the easiest method --- get someone over 18 to hand him the papers and fill out an Affidavit of Service to be filed with the Court. You can pay anyone (over 18) to deliver the papers to him. If he won't take the papers have the server leave the papers on his desk, on his car hood, or within his reach. He will have 60 days to answer since he lives out of state.
If you have a Divorce Judgment that requires him to pay the car payment then you may want to file for contempt.
You should check with the local JAG Office because JAG will probably be able to help you serve him and if there is a Court Order requiring him to do something his commander and/or JAG will probably order him to comply adn make the payments. Do not be worried about asking JAG for help, JAG is there to help service members and to help the family members of service members.
What are you trying to serve your ex- with? Is it something that you filed in MD? You may be able to file a Motion for Alternate Service if you can show that he is evading service.
You should hire a process server in PA. Here is a link where you can locate a process server in any state: http://www.napps.org/
Also, you may get the local county sheriff's office to serve him. However, in PA, service by sheriff is typically more expensive than hiring a private process server.