File Application and Order for Publication or Posting

In California divorce cases, an 'Application and Order for Publication or Posting' is used when one party in the divorce is unable to locate or serve legal documents to the other party through traditional means, such as personal service or certified mail. This application allows the petitioner to request permission from the court to serve divorce papers through alternative methods, such as publishing a notice in a newspaper or posting the documents in a public place, if the respondent's whereabouts are unknown or if they are actively avoiding being served.
This process is designed to ensure that due process is followed, providing the respondent with notice of the divorce proceedings, even if their location is uncertain or they are evading service, thus allowing the divorce to proceed legally.
1. Download the Document
Please click here to download the document(s) and complete them.
2. Make Service Payment
Please click here to make the service payment.
Please note that any court filing fees, if applicable, are your responsibility, and the service payment you have made is non-refundable.
3. Send us the Document(s)
Please send us the document(s) via email to, and please ensure to thoroughly review the document before returning it to us.
4. eFile Account Setup and eFile
We will establish an eFiling account for you to submit your document(s) to the court electronically. After the filing is complete, you will receive an envelope number from the court system.
Please reach out to the court to inquire about the filing's status.
Note: While eFiling, it is not uncommon that the filings get rejected. We kindly ask for your understanding, as document rejections can occur due to various factors like missing information, incorrect formatting, outdated documents, documents' size, etc. The court filing fees deducted from the account will be returned back to the account within 3 to 10 business days, depending on financial policies of the banks/credit companies.