First, you must provide the correct foreign mailing address. The Court will send (via registered mail), notice to the other party.
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The Court will mail notice to the Sheriff’s Office serving court papers for the jurisdiction wherein the other party resides. You will not need to do anything other than provide us the correct Virginia address.
The Court does not arrange for service out of state; however, we do send notice to the opposing party via certified mail. If you would like to arrange for an out of state Sheriff’s Office or constable to serve the opposing party, you will need to follow these steps:
Find out which non-Virginia sheriff’s office or local constable serves civil process in the jurisdiction where the non-Virginia resident lives
Call their civil process division and find out how much it costs for out-of-state service
Provide the address of the non-Virginia party and the address of the non-Virginia sheriff’s office/constable to the Clerk’s Office
Provide a money order or certified check made payable to the non-Virginia’s sheriff’s office/constable to the Clerk’s Office to be sent with the notice
Provide all of this information at least 30 days before your hearing; information provided less than 30 days may result in the non-Virginia party not being notified
Yes, however, you will have to find a private process server yourself and arrange payment directly with them. Please notify the Clerk’s Office as soon as possible that you want a private process server to handle service and we will let you know when it will be ready. The Court will prepare the notice and your private process server can pick it up at the Clerk’s Office.