No, only the Petitioner will need to sign the initial filing papers. The Respondent can sign the Acceptance of Service after the divorce has been filed with the Clerk of Superior Court. If the Respondent refuses to sign the Acceptance of Service, you will need to hire a Process Server or the Sheriff’s Office to serve the papers. Service can also be done by certified mail. The respondent has to be the one to sign for it. Appropriate service affidavits will then need to be filed with the Clerk of the Court.
Petition for Dissolution of Marriage (Divorce) without Children (PDF)
Petition for Dissolution of Marriage (Divorce) with Children (PDF)