Family Law: Service by Publication or Posting
Templates and Forms
Service by publication or posting are alternate methods of service permitted by the court when the other party’s whereabouts are unknown. You must receive permission from the court in order to perform service by publication or posting. The court can only approve your request to serve documents by publication or posting if you show that the other party cannot be served in any other manner. You will need to prove to the court that you have made exhaustive attempts to locate the other party.
The information in this guide applies only to family law cases. For other types of civil cases, see:
The Sacramento County Superior Court’s packet includes detailed instructions on this procedure in family court. Be sure to read those instructions carefully. Instructions for completing the forms commonly used in this procedure can be found below.
This material is intended as general information only. Your case may have factors requiring different procedures or forms. The information and instructions are provided for use in the Sacramento County Superior Court. Please keep in mind that each court may have different requirements. If you need further assistance consult a lawyer.