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Generally, a summons is required to be served by personal service, however, ignoring a summons is never a good idea, since if the respondent doesn't appear in court or doesn't have his/her attorney appear, there is always a possibility that the court might not verify the proper service of the summons and the judge might simply find respondent in default and will grant whatever relief the petitioner is seeking and then it would be up to the respondent to contest the ruling / order of the court.
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