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That is a very good question. The answer to your question is yes, anything that you serve with the Court's is going to have to be served on your ex regardless of whether it goes to a judge or a magistrate. It is not uncommon for parties to leave the state or even leave the country if they're going to be served with paperwork. However, you may have some help. If you go to www.thumbtack.com, Then you may be able to Hire somebody in the county where he's living and having experienced process server serve him the documents.