Jan 01, 2007 · 2022 California Rules of Court. Rule 2.251. Electronic service (a) Authorization for electronic service When a document may be served by mail, express mail, overnight delivery, or fax transmission, the document may be served electronically under Code of Civil Procedure section 1010.6, Penal Code section 690.5, and the rules in this chapter.. A petitioner in a divorce case must have the proper legal documents served to the responding spouse (respondent) within 60 days from the date of filing. The service may take longer than the 60 days, but only in the case when the petitioner requests more time from the court. After the divorce papers are served, the respondent spouse has 30 days.