You cannot personally give the court documents to your spouse. After you have a stamped copy of your documents from the court, you must arrange for someone – preferably a professional process server or bailiff – to hand deliver the documents, including the Petition for Divorce, to your spouse (the Respondent). This is so that your spouse knows you’ve started the divorce process and that they have a right to respond to it. This process is called ‘personal service.’ You will have 6 months to arrange for personal service of your court documents. Petitions for Divorce must be served in all cases.