How do I quickly and inexpensively get a divorce if my spouse is out of state and not cooperating?

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How do I quickly and inexpensively get a divorce if my spouse is out of state and not cooperating?

We have been separated for about 8 years and are living in different states. I have tried sending my spouse the do-it-yourself paperwork to get a divorce but he refuses to sign anything. I was not asking for any support or financial payout doing it that way but if I have to hire a lawyer that I cannot afford, I will want some sort of compensation in the form of support and/or payout from his 401K/retirement. I would also like for him to either pay for the divorce or at the very least assist in paying for the divorce, as he makes over 100K more a year than I do We do not have any children or property, and we do not share any financial responsibilities.

Asked on January 30, 2018 under Family Law, Texas

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

You can go ahead with the divorcefile. If your husband does not respond within the time allowed, then the court can issue a "default divorce". Typically, the terms are based on what you ask for your petition. At this point, you can check online for further information or consult directly with a local divorce attney who can the advise you further nder state law.


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