Should I Avoid Service of Divorce Papers?

by Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

I often get this question from potential clients who “kinda know” that divorce papers are on the way…is there any good reason to avoid greeting the process server?

I really can’t think of a good reason.   It is the date of the filing that matters in terms of valuations of a business or other assets.  It is the date of the filing that is used often for the cut off for joint debt.  The date of service only starts the clock ticking in terms of the 20 days you have to respond to your spouse’ pleadings.   So why delay the inevitable?

If it is the embarrassment of service that you fear, I can often call opposing counsel and offer that I will accept service on behalf of my client so my client does not have to be served at work or at home in front of the kids.

To conclude, avoiding service of process only delays divorce proceedings that are imminent.  As an officer of the court and an advocate, I see no point.

For more information about this or other divorce topics, call one of the divorce lawyers at ROBIN ROSHKIND, P.A. at 561 835 9091 or click on the Firm’s web site at


2 thoughts on “Should I Avoid Service of Divorce Papers?

  1. I completely agree! Avoiding papers does not stop the action, it only delays it and may cause for more embarrassment in the future, like when your out eating with the kids and now everyone sees it. You also wouldn’t want the notice published in the news paper for easy access by everyone!

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