One of the requirements that must be met in Arizona once a “Petition for Dissolution” is filed with the court is that the “Petitioner” must serve a “Summons” to appear in court on the Respondent. This is what is known as “Service of Process.” A private process server is most often utilized in order to achieve Service of Process. However, many times one spouse can sit down with the other spouse and they can agree to accept service of summons and can sign off on the document indicating they have been served. This is usually accomplished in divorces which are not as contentious. Once a spouse has been served, they must “Respond” to the petition within 20 days. If they do not respond, then a “Default Judgment” can be entered, in which the filing spouse may receive everything they have requested. If you have been served in Arizona with a summons by your spouse, you need to contact The Cantor Law Group immediately for a free initial consultation. “Property Division” rights need to be handled as quickly as possible. In cases involving children, “Child Custody” will be an issue and will need to be addressed as soon as possible.
Contact us or call The Cantor Law Group at (602)254-8880 immediately for a free initial consultation designed to provide helpful information regarding “Summons to Court” or “Service of Process” as it applies to your individual situation.