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Starting a Divorce: Serving Your Spouse Court Papers

28 Sep

Service (Delivery of forms and papers to your spouse)

  •  Contact a state marshal in the judicial district where your spouse lives or works. You may get a list of state marshals from the court clerk or the Court Service Center.
  •  There is an approximate cost of $50 to serve a Summons, Complaint and Notice of Automatic Court Orders. The state marshal may require payment in advance or may be willing to bill you.
  •  Talk with the state marshal to be sure he or she is available to deliver the papers to your spouse at least 12 days before the Return Date. Ask the state marshal about payment and arrange to give the state marshal the court papers.
  •  The state marshal will either return the original papers to you once he or she serves a copy on your spouse or will file them with the court. Find out ahead of time if the state marshal will be filing the original papers with the court and, if so, how the filing fee will be paid to the clerk.
  •  The state marshal will prepare a document called a “Return of Service” which is proof that the papers were served. This document, along with the original papers you brought to the state marshal, must be filed with the court clerk at least 6 days before the Return Date.
  •  If you or your spouse ever received public assistance from the State of Connecticut, or if anyone in your family ever received HUSKY health insurance, send a copy of the court forms and state marshal’s return of service to: Attorney General’s Office, 55 Elm Street, Hartford, CT06106. Fill out a Certification (Public Assistance) (JD-FM-175) that tells the court that you mailed the papers to the Attorney General.
  •  If you or your spouse ever received public assistance from a town in Connecticut, send a copy of the court forms and state marshal’s return of service to the town clerk located in the town hall of that town. The blue pages of the telephone book will have the address. Fill out a Certification (Public Assistance) (JD-FM-175) that tells the court that you mailed the papers to the town clerk.
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