How Do I Change My Address for Service?
An address for service is the address at which a party to a court proceeding agrees to receive correspondence in connection with the proceeding.
This address is very important, because the other parties are able to officially deliver or serve most documents on you just by popping them in the mail to that address. If you move and don't change your address for service, you risk not finding out about important events in your case.
In the Supreme Court, addresses for service are established by the claimant in their Notice of Family Claim and by the respondent in their Response to Family Claim. To change this address later, you must fill out a Notice of Address for Service in Form F10, file it in court, and send copies to the other parties at their addresses for service.
In cases before the Provincial Court, almost every court form allows you to specify your address for service, and the most recent address for service will be considered your proper address for service. If you need to change your address for service but don't have a new court form to file, you can change your address for service by filling out a Notice of Change of Address in Form 11, filing it in court and serving copies on the other parties. You don't have to personally serve the other parties; you can mail the form to their addresses for service.
Addresses for service in both the Provincial Court and the Supreme Court can include a fax number for service and an email address for service, although these extra addresses aren't required by the rules. Remember to send out a notice if these addresses change or if you need to cancel a fax number for service or an email address for service.
You can find more information about serving documents in the chapter Resolving Family Law Problems in Court.
|The above was last reviewed for legal accuracy by Thomas Wallwork, May 9, 2017.|
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