Can divorce papers be served by mail?

Can divorce papers be served by mail? In Kentucky, Service of Process is governed by Ky. R. Civ. P. 4 et seq. see below:

Rule 4.01 - Summons; issuance; by whom servedRule 4.02 - Summons; formRule 4.03 - Summons; returnRule 4.04 - Personal service; summons and initiating documentRule 4.05 - Parties who may be constructively servedRule 4.06 - Warning order; affidavitRule 4.07 - Warning order attorneyRule 4.08 - Constructive service; when effectiveRule 4.09 - Personal service in addition to constructive serviceRule 4.10 - Defense by party constructively servedRule 4.11 - Court control of property; bondRule 4.12 - Exemption of Commonwealth and political subdivisions-RepealedRule 4.13 - Plaintiff may be examined touching his claimRule 4.14 - Counterclaim disclosed allowedRule 4.15 - Unknown defendantRule 4.16 - Summons; amendment

The rules are detailed and make provisions for service of process through the United States mail in certain circumstances and in certain ways.

For example, Rule 4.01 - Summons; issuance; by whom served, Ky. R. Civ. P. 4.01 states in part that the summons may be placed in a "sealed envelope in the United States mail as registered mail or certified mail return receipt requested with instructions to the delivering postal employee to deliver to the addressee only and show the address where delivered and the date of delivery.”

However, this is but part of the rules, it is common for people to make mistakes, and the paperwork is complicated; therefore, attorney John Schmidt recommends you hire a lawyer.

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