Can I divorce my spouse if he cannot be found? 5 Answers as of April 07, 2011

Can I divorce my spouse if he can't be found?

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Edwin Fahlen Attorney at Law
Edwin Fahlen Attorney at Law | Edwin Fahlen
Yes you may obtain a divorce when you cannot locate the missing spouse. There is a procedure by which the court can obtain jurisdiction by service by publication. A proper application must be made to the court for permission to serve the Summons and Petition by this method.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 4/7/2011
Michael Apicella
Michael Apicella | Apicella Law and Mediation
Yes, but you'll need to follow a special process to have him "served" with the divorce petition; i.e., service by "publication." Best to call a local family law lawyer to get instructions on such method of service.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 4/7/2011
Goldberg Jones
Goldberg Jones | Zephyr Hill
Yes. You will need to make several attempts to find him and then get the court's permission/Order allowing you to proceed with alternate service procedures and obtain a default Judgment.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 4/7/2011
Warner Center Law Offices of Donald F. Conviser
Warner Center Law Offices of Donald F. Conviser | Donald F. Conviser
Yes. Hire an experienced Family Law Attorney, who will know what to do to have your husband constructively served by Publication.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 4/7/2011
Law Office of L. Paul Zahn
Law Office of L. Paul Zahn | Paul Zahn
There are ways to get him served other than personal service. If you are in my area, please contact me for a free consultation.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 4/7/2011
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