I filed a dissolution of marriage signed by both parties in 2003- never filed proof of service. I need to finalize & cannot locate ex- what do I file?

Asked on June 28, 2009 under Family Law, California

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Although I am not admitted in California, when you can not locate one of the spouses to serve in a divorce, most states allow for publication as a form of notice.  You should either contact your prior attorney to see what he/she suggests or go down to the Court and speak with a clerk as to what to do.  You may have to make an application to the Court to allow you to publish in certain newspapaers (usually the Court will direct in which newspapers to publish).  But the clerk will let you know.   


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