The Summons is the official court paper that tells the other spouse that a divorce case has been started and that some action must be taken if the other spouse wants to be heard by the court. It also tells the spouse that there is a time limit in which to act. The Summons must be signed and stamped by the Clerk of Superior Court to be official. The divorce case cannot go forward until the Summons (with the Petition and other papers) is delivered to the spouse in the proper way.