If I want to sue my ex, pro se, for defamation & he is in Texas but hasn't established a residence of his own while there, can I have the papers served to the residence we have here that has both of our names on the lease?
In other words, I petitioned the court about this & claimed the local court should have jurisdiction because he 1) Is legally contracted to the shared residence here in SC & refuses to have himself removed 2) Has paid the rent & other bills on the residence for the time he has been gone 3) Not obtained a TX DL ((Or at least he shouldn't be able to since his SC is suspended)) 4) Hasn't leased or purchased a home in his name in the state of TX 5) Had not obtained verifiable employment at the time of filing the case ((He has since begun working)) 6) Had lived in the same county of the state since 2009 & 7) Hasn't filed taxes claiming a TX residency yet. Can I, kind of in a twisted way, have the summons & complaint served to the residence here in SC? I know it is kind of a sneaky way of doing it, but I am at my wits end with this man & since I have no other course of action am sort of grasping at straws.
Do you know where he is there? Personal service is fine to do. If this suit will be filed here, then that's all it takes. He will have to prove that SC does not have power over him to avoid it. If you do as you plan, technically it may be ok, but only if someone is there to accept for him that actually lives there and is not you. Best bet is to not play those games.
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