How Long Should It Take To Serve Custody Papers?

out-of-court agreementQuestion:

My lawyer filed papers about a month ago for custody of my son and my ex still has not been served.

How long should it take before my ex is served with papers?


I am not licensed to practice law in your state. Therefore, I cannot inform you as to the specific laws of your state and can only provide you with general information regarding your situation.

It depends on the local court procedures as well as the type of service your attorney has requested.

Virginia divorce lawyer Jonah Dickey
Virginia Beach divorce attorney Jonah Dickey

If your local court system is backed up and the local sheriff’s office is serving the summons, it could take quite a while for your ex to be served.

If your local courts are not backed up and your attorney has requested for the paperwork to be served by a private process server, it happens much faster.

That being said, you may want to check with the clerk’s office to ensure that the custody paperwork has been filed. You may also want to consult with another local attorney that will know exactly how long the process takes in your jurisdiction.

To arrange an initial consultation to discuss divorce rights for men with a Cordell & Cordell attorney, including Virginia divorce lawyer Jonah Dickey, contact Cordell & Cordell.

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One comment on “How Long Should It Take To Serve Custody Papers?

    i just applied for full custody of my son on Oct 16 2017 how long do i have to wait to serve the other parent

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