But you must prove your spouse was served according to the rules.
If you applied for your divorce on paper, the divorce documents will be sealed photocopies of your application.
The hearing date and location will be on the front of the documents. You must arrange service of the sealed divorce documents on your spouse, unless the court gives you special permission (called a Service Order).
If you think the court may have questions for you about service, you should attend your divorce hearing.
If service is not proved, the court could delay or cancel your Application for Divorce.
Fill in the Proof of Service forms (in the Divorce Service Kit).
If your spouse has signed the Acknowledgement of Service (Divorce) you will also need to complete an Affidavit Proving Signature (Divorce).
You will need to serve the sealed divorce documents on your spouse.
‘Service’ is the legal term for giving the documents to your spouse.
This factsheet is the second of five factsheets to help you with your divorce.
This factsheet explains how to serve your divorce papers after you have filed your divorce application. You will find the forms you need to serve your divorce documents in the Divorce Service Kit.