Do I need a judge’s permission to serve my husband for divorce through publication?

Asked on September 21, 2012 under Family Law, Michigan

Answers:

S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

You don't need the judge's permission to serve your husband by publication.  If you don't know your husband's whereabouts, he can be served by publication.  It would be advisable to check with the court clerk to find out how long the notice has to run in the legal notices section of the newspaper to constitute valid service by publication because the length of time the notice is required to run in the newspaper varies from state to state.  Service by publication is effective even if your husband never sees the notice in the newspaper.


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