apartment and starts walking to work, when suddenly a man jumps out of the
bushes, slaps paper in the hand and says “You’ve been served!” This is how it
happens in the movies but generally what does it mean?
The person-to-person delivery of a divorce summons is required under New York
law. Not only is your spouse on notice that the divorce is really happening (“I
thought she was kidding!”), but the process confers jurisdiction (power or
authority) over both parties so that the court may hear the case.
Read more: http://thedivorceartist.com/2013/02/21/youve-been-served-what-it-means-and-how-it-happens/