Can You Use a PO Box for a Divorce?
By Mary Jane Freeman
Filing for divorce requires you to inform the court of your whereabouts. This ensures both the court and your spouse are able to contact you throughout the divorce proceedings. Therefore, you must provide your contact information, including your mailing address, on the divorce petition and other court documents. Unless the court specifically requires a street address, you can use a P.O. Box as your address on all divorce paperwork and on any correspondence between you and your spouse.
P.O. Boxes Are Routinely Accepted
When you file for divorce or respond to your spouse's divorce petition, you will be required to include your address on this and other documents. In fact, the instructions or form itself will ask you to provide either a street address or P.O. Box. For example, in the instructions for Ohio's divorce complaint, the applicant is asked to include a P.O. Box, if applicable. On Vermont's summons form, which is sent along with the petition, the parties' apartment or P.O. Box number is requested in the address section. In the instructions for Arizona's divorce petition, the applicant is advised to provide a P.O. Box if she has an order of protection against her spouse. By providing a P.O. Box, your spouse and the court can contact you by mail and send documents related to your divorce, and if there's a concern for your safety, this can also prevent your spouse from knowing where you are.
Based on the West Coast, Mary Jane Freeman has been writing professionally since 1994, specializing in the topics of business and law. Freeman's work has appeared in a variety of publications, including LegalZoom, Essence, Reuters and Chicago Sun-Times. Freeman holds a Master of Science in public policy and management and Juris Doctor. Freeman is self-employed and works as a policy analyst and legal consultant.