Depending on the document, you can serve documents in a Provincial Court family case in two ways:
- Personal service
Personal service means that someone must physically hand the document to the person who needs to receive it. You can't do this yourself — you must have another adult serve it for you.
Delivery means that the document can be dropped off, mailed, faxed, or emailed to the other person's address for service.
Personal service or delivery?
Only these Provincial Court documents must be served personally:
- Application to Obtain an Order (Form 1)
- Application Respecting Existing Orders or Agreements (Form 2)
- Order to Recognize an Extraprovincial Order for Guardianship, Parenting Arrangements or Contact (Form 22)
- a request for court enforcement under the Family Maintenance Enforcement Act
- a subpoena
- a summons
All other Provincial Court documents can be served by delivery.
Choose your guide
Once you've figured out how to serve the document, choose the correct guide below.