How are divorce papers served when a spouse is deployed or on active duty?

By Bari Zell Weinberger
Updated: October 27, 2017
How are divorce papers served when a spouse is deployed or on active duty?

Each base should have an official who is designated to facilitate the serving of legal papers, typically either the Provost Marshal or another person with responsibility for law enforcement at the base. If the military member is off base or overseas, it may be difficult to serve him or her with divorce papers. It is possible to request service through the military authority, but the military spouse must agree to accept service.

Sending the papers via certified mail may be another possibility, as long as the spouse being served is willing to receive the mail. Your attorney can help you determine the best route.


Bari Zell Weinberger is the owner and managing partner of Weinberger Divorce & Family Law Group in New Jersey. She is certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Matrimonial Law Attorney.

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May 15, 2017
Categories:  Divorce and Annulment

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