How can I get a divorce if I can’t find my husband?

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How can I get a divorce if I can’t find my husband?

My husband left over 5 months ago and was arrested in CO. He was in jail until today so I knew where he was. He was served the initial divorce papers over 2 months ago. I was told that the final papers could be served to him next month but that won’t happen now because he will disappear. Is there any way to get a divorce from this low life without putting out more money? How can I get a divorce if I can’t find my husband?I want nothing from the guy and I know he won’t come back to PA to see his kids because there’s a warrant out for him.

Asked on May 26, 2011 under Family Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

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

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

If your husband's whereabouts are unknown, he can be served by publication.  Service by publication is publishing the notice in the legal notices section of a newspaper.  Check with your court clerk to find out how long the notice has to run in the newspaper to be effective service by publication.  Service by publication is effective even if your husband doesn't see the notice.


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