If I have not seen my husband in 14 years and am unsure if he filed for divorce, how do I find out?

Asked on November 2, 2011 under Family Law, Virginia

Answers:

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

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

That can indeed be a tough one.  Do you know his social security number and can you try and have him traced?  has it come down to the fact that you wish to finally put an end to the matter as well?  If you know where he lives then you can try and see if he filed for divorce in that state.  Many states have on line systes that permit you access to the court data base.  If he filed a long time ago then it may not be in there.  But if it were recent then it might.  Otherwise, you yourself can file for divorce in Virginia as long as you meet the residency requirements.  You can take the necessary steps to have him found and if you can not there are what is known as alternative methods of service like publishing in the newspaper.  They require a court order allowing it. Get help. Good luck to you.  


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