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Probate and Family Court Motion for Service by Alternate Means and Affidavit of Diligent Search (CJP 31)

Use this form when (1) the address or whereabouts of a legal parent or court-appointed guardian is unknown; or (2) the address or whereabouts of a legal parent or court-appointed guardian is known, but service cannot be accomplished.

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Motion for Service by Alternate Means and Affidavit of Diligent Search (CJP 31)

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