The Florida Supreme Court last week confirms the adoption of the new Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.516 (Service of Pleadings and Papers). That rule requires in part that all documents required or permitted to be served on another party must be served by e-mail. A lawyer upon appearing in a proceeding must now designate a primary email address, and up to two secondary addresses, for receiving service, after which service must be made by email. A lawyer or party may request by motion to be excused from this requirement, and applications for subpoenas or documents served personally are excused. The changes become effective September 1, 2012 at 12:01 A.M.

In other words, begining September 1, 2012, after a party has been personally served with either a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage or Petition for Paternity, all other pleadings, documents and papers that are to be filed may no longer be served on the other party by U.S. Mail, fax or hand delivery…they must be sent by email. You can read the Florida Supreme Court ruling at

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