FPR Practical Tips Series #4

What should a Petitioner do if the Respondent can't be be served "in the usual way?"

First of all - what is the usual way? (Tips #1-3)

  • The Respondent doesn't have a solicitor to serve
  • The Respondent hasn't given an address to be served at
  • The Respondent can't be served by personal service
  • The Petitioner doesn't know a current address or  believes that the Respondent isn't at the last known address that s/he had

Are there any choices left?

The Petitioner should find out if there is either

  1. Another place where the Respondent can be served OR
  2. Another method that could be used to serve the Respondent

Another place

This could be the Respondent's parent's address, work, gym, friend's house. The point of asking the court to serve at the other address is that the Petitioner is certain that the Petition will come to the attention of the Respondent.

Another method

This could be service by email, fax, twitter or facebook. Again, the point is that the Petitioner can be certain that the Petition will come to the attention of the Respondent.

In the next tip find out how to make the application to serve the Petition differently from the usual way.