Service Of Process Information Sheet
Service Of Process Information Sheet Form. This is a Wisconsin form and can be use in Circuit Court Statewide.
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Service "Service" or "service of process" are the legal terms used to describe the act of giving notice of a lawsuit or court hearing to another person. There are several different methods and very specific time limits by which you must have the other party served. The type of service you are required to use depends on the type of forms you are filing. If you do not have the other party served properly (within the correct time limits and using the correct method), the court cannot hear or decide your case. Notice: This packet describes only the most common methods of service available for use. Please seek legal assistance if you would like to explore additional/alternative methods or the forms you are filing are not listed. Court Self-Help Form Summons and Petition for Divorce/Legal Separation (FA-4104/FA-4105) Required Type of Service Personal Service Time Limits Within 90 Calendar days from the date the divorce/legal separation was filed Order To Show Cause and Affidavit for Personal Temporary Order (FA-4128/FA-4129) Not less than 5 Business days before the date of the Temporary hearing Order To Appear (FA-4142) Not less than 24 hours if the other party lives within the county the action is filed Not less than 72 hours if the other party does NOT live in the county the action is filed, but in the State of Wisconsin Personal Motion for and Notice of New (DeNovo) Personal (Contempt Hearing matters) (FA-4130) Mail (All other matters) Not less than 5 Business days before the date of the hearing Not less than 8 Business days before the date of the hearing Notice of Motion and Motion (Post Judgment) (FA-4170) Not less than 8 Business days before the date of the hearing. Mail Order To Show Cause (Post Judgment) Personal (FA-4171/FA-4172) Not less than 5 Business days before the date of the hearing. Subpoena Not less than 10 Business days before the date of the hearing. Personal Petition to Enforce Physical Placement Personal (FA-4180) Not less than 5 Business days before the date of the hearing. FA-5000E Pro Se, 04/06 Service Page 1 of 3 American LegalNet, Inc. www.FormsWorkflow.com NOTE: If you are unable to serve the other party within the required time limits, you may write a letter to the court requesting a different court date. WARNING: Copies, NOT original documents, should only be given to the other party. The originals (if in your possession) and proof of service need to be returned to court after the other party has been served. Personal Service There are five basic ways to have the other party personally served: 1A. Admission of Service by the State of Wisconsin / Child Support Agency If the State of Wisconsin is a party to the action, you must serve your local Child Support Agency using the following steps below. Take a copy of the forms to be served and an Admission of Service form (FA-4119) to the Child Support Agency. Give the papers to a representative from the Child Support Agency and ask him/her to "admit service". He/she will complete the bottom potion of the Admission of Service form. Return the Admission of Service form to the Clerk of Courts Office as proof of service (keep a copy for your records). 1B. Admission of Service for the other party You may give the documents to the other party and ask that he/she voluntarily accept the papers from you. If the other party agrees to accept the documents, you need to: Complete the caption of the Admission of Service form (FA-4119). Have him/her complete and sign the bottom. Return the Admission of Service form and a set of the documents served, as soon as possible to the Clerk of Courts. Remember to keep a copy for your records. If the other party will not voluntarily accept the papers from you, or you do not wish to have contact with the other party, you must have the other party served using one of the other methods described below. 2. Sheriff's Department The Sheriff's Department, of the County in which the individual to be served resides, may serve the other party. Proof of service and a set of the documents which were served must be returned to court as soon as possible. Remember to keep a copy for your records. 3. Private Process Server You may make arrangements with a private process server to have the other party personally served. Contact individual companies for fees and procedural information. To find a private process server in your or the other party's area, you may look under "Process Service" using a phone or internet directory or by going to http://www.iprocessservers.com. Proof of service and a set of the documents which were served must be returned to court as soon as possible. Remember to keep a copy for your records. 4. Service by Friend or Relative A friend or relative who is over 18, is a resident of Wisconsin, and is not a party to the action can also serve the other party. You: completed the caption of the Affidavit of Service form (FA-4120). Friend or Relative: gives a copy of the paperwork to the other party. Friend or Relative: completes the bottom portion of the Affidavit of Service. FA-5000E Pro Se, 04/06 Service Page 2 of 3 American LegalNet, Inc. www.FormsWorkflow.com Friend or Relative: Signs it in the presence of a notary public. You: return the Affidavit of Service form and a set of the documents served, as soon as possible to the Clerk of Courts. Remember to keep a copy for your records. LAST RESORT Before attempting this last resort, you should consider seeking legal assistance. There are specific and complicated rules that must be followed to successfully serve a party by publication. 5. Service by Publication Service by Publication is a last resort and can only be used if you failed to have the other party served by one of the methods above. You have a responsibility to make every effort to make personal service if possible, which includes gathering reasonably available information from family and friends to try and determine the other party's location. The option of Service by Publication is only available to you if you can answer yes to all of the following: You have tried personal service through the Sheriff's Department or a private process server. You have given them as much information as possible to help them find the other person. The Sheriff's Department or private process server cannot find the other person after a diligent search. You have been given an Affidavit of Due Diligence/Not Found/Attempted Service by the Sheriff's Department or private process server stating that the other party could not be found. Keep this affidavit. The Service by Publication Packet is available to assist individuals who are filing an action for divorce/legal separation. Service by Mail Serving documents on the other party by mail is allowed for certain types of forms. If service by mail is allowed, you must: Mail copies of the documents to the other party. Sign a sworn affidavit called the Affidavit of Mailing (FA-4121) in the presence of a Notary Public. Return the Affidavit of Mailing and a set of the documents that were mailed to the Court as soon as possible. Remember to keep a copy for your records. FA-5000E Pro Se, 04/06 Service Page 3 of 3 American LegalNet, Inc. www.FormsWorkflow.com