Step 4: Tell the Court That You Have Served Your Forms
The judge cannot hear your court case until you have filed your court forms properly, given (served) copies of these forms to your spouse or domestic partner, and then filed a form that shows that someone over 18 years old who is not connected to the court case served those forms in the right way.
To prove to the court that your spouse or domestic partner has been served in the right way, the person who served these forms must fill one of the following forms and then give that form or forms back to you:
For Personal Service the person must fill out and sign one:
For Service by Mail the person must fill out and sign one:
Next, California law requires that you and your spouse or partner give each other written information about what you own and what you owe. This is called "disclosure" – meaning the act of disclosing; revealing; making something known to the other person. For more information on exchanging information, click the "next" button.