There are two ways to serve documents in a Provincial Court family case:
- Personal service: 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: the document can be dropped off, mailed, faxed, or emailed to the other person's address for service.
Some documents must be served by personal 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
- a protection order
All other Provincial Court documents can be served by delivery.
Choose your guide
When you know out how you need to serve the document, choose the correct guide below.