March 4, 2014
IN RE: ORDER ADOPTING A NOTE TO RULE 1930.4(c) OF THE PENNSYLVANIA RULES OF CIVIL PROCEDURE
CIVIL PROCEDURAL RULES DOCKET
AND NOW, this 4th day of March, 2014, upon the recommendation of the Domestic Relations Procedural Rules Committee; the proposal having been submitted without publication pursuant to Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(a)(3):
IT IS ORDERED pursuant to Article V, Section 10 of the Constitution of Pennsylvania that the Note to Rule 1930.4(c) of the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure is adopted in the attached form.
This ORDER shall be processed in accordance with Pa.R.J.A. No. 103(b), and shall be effective in 30 days on April 3, 2014.
Additions to the rule are shown in bold and are underlined. Deletions from the rule are shown in bold and brackets.
Rule 1930.4. Service of Original Process in Domestic Relations Matters.
(c) Service by Mail. Except in Protection from Abuse matters unless authorized by special order of court pursuant to subdivision (b) above, original process may also be served by mailing the complaint and order to appear, if required, to the defendant's last known address by both regular and certified mail. Delivery of the certified mail must be restricted to addressee only, and a return receipt must be requested.
(1) If the certified mail is refused by defendant, but the regular mail is not returned within fifteen days, service may be deemed complete.
(2) If the mail is returned with notation by the postal authorities that it was unclaimed, service shall be made by another means pursuant to these rules.