Q: I am pro se, as is my ex-wife who filed a child support petition. We have the fact-finding hearing scheduled for next week. I want to submit to the court a written declaration and exhibits.
Can I serve my ex-wife? ? Or do I need to use a third party? Do I need to have the certificate or affidavit of service notarized?
A: I’m unclear by what you mean by “declaration,” but if you mean “affidavit,” then that’s generally inadmissible – unless the Magistrate directed otherwise. That said, items to be served (such as exhibits) after a case has been filed do not necessarily need to be served in any fashion other than e-mail (especially if the other side consents – which should be confirmed). New pleadings are a different story. Schedule a consult with a White Plains Family Law attorney for a full assessment.