The requirement to serve your spouse doesn’t end after you’ve served a copy of the divorce petition—you must continue to serve your spouse with a copy of everything you file in court. If, by chance, you cannot find your spouse, the court will have no other options until you have proven all the possibilities of serving your spouse. There are additional options if your filing motion and affidavit have been unsuccessful.
Case in point: Don’t do it alone
References & Articles
Carson Man Found Guilty of Killing Wife After She Served Him Divorce Papers: DA [KTLA.com] #LASD Homicide Detectives Continue to investigate the Shooting Death, 900 Blk E. Joel St, Carson [LASD – Los Angeles County Sheriffs Dept Information Bureau (SIB)
NYC woman decapitated by estranged husband, who also slit 5-year-old daughter’s throat and hanged himself – on the day she planned to file for an order of protection [Daily News- New York City Crime]
Woman’s ex-husband dead 4 months after she allegedly forced him at gunpoint to sign divorce papers [WKRG]