In obtaining a divorce, are both parties served?
Yes, but not in the way you may mean.
What usually happens is that one spouse files for divorce in the court and then has a summons and a copy of the complaint for divorce served on the other spouse. At that point, the other spouse can either file an “answer” to the complaint for divorce or file a counter claim for divorce.
That answer is served on the filing spouse, but need not be served personally as the original summons and complaint must be. The answer can be (and usually is) served by mail (or served electronically, if the courts in your jurisdiction allows that).
If a counter claim for divorce is filed, then it must be served on the spouse who originally filed for divorce, but it need not be served personally with a summons. It too can be served personally, by mail, or served electronically, if the courts in your jurisdiction allows service by electronic means.
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