Q: For a Rhode Island divorce, is it possible to have a spouse served without using a Sheriff or Constable?
Can the spouse sign something waiving service?
Can we use a disinterested 3rd party?
We are still on good terms and the divorce is not contested.
A: You might get by with that and save yourself $45 in constable fees. If you have an attorney assisting you, they will likely have a friendly constable able to effect service in a peaceful manner to meet the court requirements. If the judge is not satisfied with your method, it may add a few more months to your process. Contact an attorney. When the parties are in complete agreement, the time (and fees) can be very reasonable and worthwhile for the peace of mind and assurance it will be done properly to completion. .
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