Can you serve someone divorce papers in jail?
Serving the Divorce Papers Serving someone who is in prison is not complicated, but you need to make sure it is done right. The sheriff's office or a process server, depending on which service you use, may need to go to the prison and inform the staff that they are serving an inmate with legal documents.
What happens after you serve your spouse divorce papers?
Once you are served with divorce papers, you have two options. You can ignore the filing, in which case your divorce will proceed by default. This means the court will likely grant whatever request your spouse makes regarding the division of property and debt, child custody, child support, and alimony.
Why do divorce papers have to be served by someone else?
Providing your spouse notice of the divorce is essential: if you don't serve your spouse, the court can't issue any orders and can ultimately dismiss your case. Many spouses wonder if they can just hand their spouses the divorce paperwork. In most states, the answer is no, you may not deliver your own divorce papers.