How to go about filling for divorce when you don’t know the location of your spouse?

Asked on August 7, 2015 under Family Law, Washington

Answers:

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

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Since the location of your spouse is unknown, you can file for divorce and have your spouse served by publication.  

Service by publication is running the legal notice of your court filing for divorce in a newspaper for a required period of time.  The required period of time varies from state to state, and your court clerk can tell you what the required period of time is for service by publication in your state.

Service by publication is effective even if your spouse never sees the legal notice of your divorce in the newspaper.

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

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Since the location of your spouse is unknown, you can file for divorce and have your spouse served by publication.  

Service by publication is running the legal notice of your court filing for divorce in a newspaper for a required period of time.  The required period of time varies from state to state, and your court clerk can tell you what the required period of time is for service by publication in your state.

Service by publication is effective even if your spouse never sees the legal notice of your divorce in the newspaper.


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