1. Review your partner’s court forms

Your partner has to you with a copy of their court forms. The purpose of service is to let you know that your partner has started a court case against you and to give you a chance to respond.

Rule 6: Service of documents says that the first time your partner gives you copies of their court documents, they have to serve you by . This means your partner can’t give them to you directly. They have to get a family member or friend over 18 years old to serve you, or they can hire a professional .

Once you get your partner’s documents, read them carefully. Make sure you understand the orders your partner is asking for.

You will get a:

  • Form 8: Application, which tells you the orders your partner is asking for, and their reasons for those orders.

You may also get:

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