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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 16-1163



Local Rule 1930.4(d); Doc. No. MD-12-540

[46 Pa.B. 3643]
[Saturday, July 9, 2016]

And Now, this 21st day of June, 2016, It is hereby Ordered and Decreed that Rule 1930.4(d) is hereby adopted in accordance with the following language effective 30 days after publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

Rule 1930.4. Service of Original Process in Domestic Relations Matters.

 (d) Acceptance of Service. In lieu of service pursuant to this rule, the defendant or the defendant's authorized agent may accept service of original process by filing with the prothonotary a separate notarized document which shall be in substantially the following form:

Case Caption

 I ______ (Defendant or Authorized agent) accept service of the Divorce complaint or ______ (Name of the document). I certify that I am authorized to accept service on behalf of the defendant.

___________   ___________________________
Date        Defendant or Authorized Agent  

Mailing Address

 On this _____ day of ______ , before me a notary public personally appeared ______ , known to me (or satisfactorily proven) to be the person whose name is subscribed to the within instrument and acknowledge that he/she executed the same for the purposes therein contained.

 In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand and official seal. ______
   Notary Public

Note: If the defendant accepts service personally, the second sentence of the affidavit should be deleted.

 In all Divorce actions in which Defendant is a Self-Represented Party, and in which the only proof of service/method of service of the complaint is the Defendant's acceptance of service, the Defendant's (or Authorized Agent's) acceptance of service of the complaint shall be notarized (or) Counsel for Plaintiff may file a certification of service of the complaint noting Defendant's/Authorized Agent's acceptance of service (or) the plaintiff, if represented by counsel, may file an Affidavit/Verification of Signature attesting to the Defendant's signature on the Acceptance of Service of the Divorce Complaint.

By the Court

President Judge

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 16-1163. Filed for public inspection July 8, 2016, 9:00 a.m.]

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