How do i know if i am legally divorced? 73 Answers as of June 22, 2012

I have been estranged from my husband for years and was wondering if there is a way he could have gotten a divorce without my consent? newspaper ads? or anything

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Salladay Law Office | Lance Salladay
In order to be "legally divorce" you will have to have a Court Decree or Judgment granting the divorce. Without a Court Decree or Judgment of Divorce you are not and cannot be divorced legally.
Answer Applies to: Idaho
Replied: 6/22/2012
John Russo | John Russo
Yes, Check with the family court in your jurisdiction. Check from the time you separated until now under both your names to see if an action was started and granted. Your husband could have begun a divorce action and completed it as long as he followed the notice requirements in your jurisdiction. This means if he ran newspaper adds in accordance with the state statute stating that he had started a divorce action, and listing the court date and/or dates and you failed to appear then you could have been defaulted, and he would have been granted his petition. Also, he could have had service perfected by claiming he was trying to have you served at your last known address which you no longer lived at by having a sheriff draft an affidavit claiming that he attempted to serve you at that address a number of times and he believes you are avoiding service, then your husband could ask for tack on service which is what it says, they nail it to the door and you are served even if you don't live there anymore as long as your husband claims that is the last known address he had. Those are a couple of ways and there are more, so check if you want to know.
Answer Applies to: Rhode Island
Replied: 6/18/2012
Mike Yeksavich | Mike Yeksavich
You should have been provided notice of any divorce case. However, you need to check the court records to determine if a divorce case has been filed. The issue is what court records to check if he has moved around. You may have to hire a private detective to find out the truth.
Answer Applies to: Oklahoma
Replied: 6/15/2012
Leonard A. Kaanta, P.C. | Leonard A. Kaanta
Unless, your spouse was able to convince the Court that you could not be personally served and that service by publication was proper, you are probably not divorced.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 6/15/2012
Reeves Law Firm, P.C.
Reeves Law Firm, P.C. | Roy L. Reeves
Yes, it is common to get a divorce after service by publication when one spouse is missing. There are only two ways to find out if this happened. Ask the other spouse or check at the courthouse. The second option looks easy, and if the spouse never moved, it is, but if they moved several times, you have to check each courthouse where they have lived. It can be time consuming. The more direct answer is that there is no such thing as a central repository of divorce records, you have to look in each county that may have jurisdiction.
Answer Applies to: Texas
Replied: 6/15/2012
    The Law Offices of Robert W. Bellamy
    The Law Offices of Robert W. Bellamy | Robert W. Bellamy
    You should check with court.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 6/15/2012
    Varadi, Hair & Checki, LLC
    Varadi, Hair & Checki, LLC | Galen M. Hair
    The short answer is "yes" there is a way that he could have gotten a divorce. The first thing you should do is check with the district court where you both reside.
    Answer Applies to: Louisiana
    Replied: 6/15/2012
    Warner Center Law Offices of Donald F. Conviser
    Warner Center Law Offices of Donald F. Conviser | Donald F. Conviser
    If you have received nothing from your husband, your husband's attorney, or the Court, you are likely still married to him. You don't get divorced by way of newspaper ads, but if you moved and he couldn't locate you, he or his attorney could have hired an investigator to try to locate you, and if unsuccessful, they could have qualified for an Order of the Court permitting him to serve you by Publication in a newspaper. You should contact friends and relatives of your husband to try to locate him to determine whether or not he divorced you through Service by Publication, and if so, to request copies of the Divorce Judgment. If he didn't divorce you (which is most likely), you should retain an experienced Family Law Attorney to divorce your husband.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/14/2012
    H. Scott Basham, Attorney at Law, P.C. | H. Scott Basham
    At some point a court has to grant a decree of divorce for there to be one.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 6/14/2012
    Alvin Lundgren | Alvin Lundgren
    It is possible that he got a divorce without you knowing, if there was no way for him to contact you. You can also file for divorce even if you do not know where he is.
    Answer Applies to: Utah
    Replied: 6/14/2012
    Donaldson Stewart, PC
    Donaldson Stewart, PC | Monica H. Donaldson Stewart
    If he was unaware of your whereabouts, it is possible he may have filed for divorce, obtained the court's consent to publish notice, and divorced you by default. Prior to doing so, he would have had to make a good faith effort to locate you, so if you believe he could have located you during the time of your physical separation, it is less likely that he proceeded in that manner. If he filed for divorce, it would have been in the county where either of you resided, so you can contact the court in that county (or do an online search - some counties have this resource available) to see if a case was filed and/or pursued. If you determine that you are not yet divorced but would like to file (or if he improperly divorced you by default), I recommend you speak with an attorney to discuss the situation in greater detail so you can determine your best course of action.
    Answer Applies to: Arizona
    Replied: 6/14/2012
    441 Legal Group, Inc.
    441 Legal Group, Inc. | Gareth H. Bullock
    Yes your husband could've divorced you without you knowing.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 6/14/2012
    Law Offices of Pamela R. Lawson | Pamela R. Lawson, Esq.
    The answer is yes he could have. If he filed for divorce and did not know where you were, he could have served you with the complaint through publication, When you did not "Answer" the complaint, he could have gotten a default and obtained a divorce. To find out you could check the records of the county in which he was living for a start.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 6/14/2012
    Law Offices of Jesus R Lopez
    Law Offices of Jesus R Lopez | Jesus Lopez
    It is possible that you could have been served by alternative service if your estranged husband could not locate you. You should check with the district clerk in the county in which you think it could have been filed or check with the department of vital statistics.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 6/14/2012
    Grace Law Offices of John F Geraghty Jr.
    Grace Law Offices of John F Geraghty Jr. | John F. Geraghty, Jr.
    Yes it is possible if he did not know your address that he did it by publication. Call the Superior Court Clerk in the town where you lived together.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 6/13/2012
    Gregory C. Graf
    Gregory C. Graf | Gregory C. Graf
    It is possible that you were served by publication. Check with an attorney to see if there is a case on file with the court.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 6/13/2012
    Robert J. Merlin, P.A.
    Robert J. Merlin, P.A. | Robert J. Merlin
    You should review the county court records where you and/or he resided during that period of time. However, he theoretically could have filed a petition in an entirely different location and lie about you and the court's jurisdiction. There are ways to do public records searches of you to see if a divorce was filed against you, either just in Florida or even nationwide, which will cost you some money to obtain.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 6/13/2012
    Attorney At Law | Harry D. Roth
    Possible but pretty unlikely. If the other spouse cannot be found, it is possible to "serve" papers on the other spouse by newspaper publication. It is possible that your husband did that to you and that you are divorced. Also possible that your husband has died. If you know that he is alive and you can track him down, ask him. Otherwise, the best bet is to assume the answer is no and do your own. The only way I know for sure to find out is, if you are over 65, to apply for Social Security derivative benefits based on the marriage to your husband. If he did divorce you in the past, the Social Security Administration more than likely will know.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/13/2012
    Ezim Law Firm | Dean Esposito
    It is possible. If he was unable to serve you and your whereabouts were unknown, he could have had a curator appointed on your behalf and ontained a judgment of divorce. You can call the court that you believe he would have filed suit and ask if there is a case/suit for divorce filed with the parties being you an him.
    Answer Applies to: Louisiana
    Replied: 6/13/2012
    Reza Athari & Associates, PLLC | Seth L. Reszko
    This is a good question. There are services you can use to find out if there is a divorce on file. You might be able to find them online and the cost could depend on how quickly they are able to find it from the State you give them. Meaning, if you don't know, and they have to look up all 50 states, it could be more expensive to you.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 6/13/2012
    The Law Offices of Mandy J. McKellar
    The Law Offices of Mandy J. McKellar | Mandy J. McKellar
    Absolutely, the best way would be to contact the court in the state he lives. Some courts now have access to documents online as well. If a client contacted my office and asked me if they were divorced I would be able to tell them with just a little bit of info such as first and last name.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 6/13/2012
    Hamblin Law Office | Sally Hamblin
    Contact the court clerk in county husband resided. They can do a lookup for a fee.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 6/13/2012
    Goolsby Law Office
    Goolsby Law Office | Richard Goolsby
    A person could check with the clerk of court in the counties in which each of you resided. We also suggest you consult with an attorney about your rights and options. Good luck.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 6/13/2012
    Diefer Law Group, P.C.
    Diefer Law Group, P.C. | Abel Fernandez
    Yes, she could have served you by newspaper. You could check in the county where your spouse lives to see if anything has been filed.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/13/2012
    Stuart Jon Bierman  Attorney at Law
    Stuart Jon Bierman Attorney at Law | Stuart Jon Bierman
    I believe that you can check with the courthouse in the county that your husband is living in. Better yet, you can also check with the Secretary of State's office where they maintain vital records, which in NJ is located in Trenton although it may take longer to get a response then a county courthouse.
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 6/13/2012
    Border Law Firm
    Border Law Firm | Teresa Lynn Border
    You can check with the Superior Court for the county or counties he or you have lived in to see if anything was filed. You should have been personally served if a dissolution was filed, unless your whereabouts were unknown whereby alternative service (ie newspaper publication) may have been granted. There also internet sites which may be able to tell you if you are still legally married or not. If you did not want a dissolution and service of the petition for the dissolution was improper, you have an argument to reopen the case.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 6/13/2012
    Law Office of Gregory Crain | Gregory Crain
    I would check the circuit clerk's office where he has lived to see if a divorce was granted. He can get divorced without your knowledge.
    Answer Applies to: Arkansas
    Replied: 6/13/2012
    Davis-Yancey Law & Life Coaching, PLLC
    Davis-Yancey Law & Life Coaching, PLLC | Gwendolyn Davis-Yancey
    It is possible for your estranged husband to have been granted a legal divorce from you without your actual consent. Your husband could have advised the court that he is unaware of your residential whereabouts. The judge could have ordered your estranged husband to notify/serve you of the divorce action by publishing it in the Legal News in your last known residential area and/or any other residential area that your husband believed you may have been residing in at the time he filed for divorce. Court ordered publication of a divorce action is considered proper service and would allow a party to proceed with a divorce action. It would be nearly impossible for you to determine if your estranged husband has actually been granted a divorce, unless you are aware of all of the cities that he has been residing during the years of your separation. This is important as a divorce action must be filed in the court in which the Plaintiff (the party starting the divorce lawsuit) lives. I suggest that you begin contacting the family courts in all of the cities that you believe your estranged husband has lived since your separation and inquire as to whether your estranged husband has been a judgment of divorce granted from you.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 6/13/2012
    Law Office of James Lentz
    Law Office of James Lentz | James Lentz
    It is possible. Your husband would have to say to the court that he does not know where you are, and would have to publish an ad as to his intent to divorce in a legal general circulation newspaper. Check with the domestic relations courts where he lived and where you lived.
    Answer Applies to: Ohio
    Replied: 6/13/2012
    The Jordan Law Firm
    The Jordan Law Firm | John Paul Jordan
    You need to run a background check on yourself. In addition, you can check www.oscn.net to see if he has filed anything for a divorce. Typically, if he knows where you're at he should have served you with papers for your divorce and proven to the court you were aware before it can be finalized.
    Answer Applies to: Oklahoma
    Replied: 6/13/2012
    Law Office Of Jody A. Miller
    Law Office Of Jody A. Miller | Jody A. Miller
    If you are estranged and your husband did not know how to contact you, it is possible that he did get a divorce by publication (publishing notice in the local newspaper). You can try and find out if he did this by contacting the appropriate court in each county in which you have lived and in which he has lived since the separation to see if he filed anything.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 6/13/2012
    Fox Law Firm LLC
    Fox Law Firm LLC | Tina Fox
    If you know the county in which he would have filed for divorce, you can contact that county to see if there is a record of your divorce on file. Otherwise, you may need to hire a p.i. who does skiptrace of some sort to see if they can find your divorce that way. Good luck.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 6/13/2012
    Law Office of Ronee Korbin Steiner PC | Ronee Korbin Steiner
    Look on the superior court website in your county under family law cases.
    Answer Applies to: Arizona
    Replied: 6/13/2012
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC | John F Brennan
    It would be very hard to get divorced without knowing about it. If you have concerns you should seek counsel and have your status checked.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 6/13/2012
    Law Office of James Bordonaro
    Law Office of James Bordonaro | James Albert Bordonaro
    Yes, it is possible to get a divorce by publication in a newspaper. A person needs to have lived in Kansas for 6 months in order to file but it would be in whatever county he lives in now.
    Answer Applies to: Kansas
    Replied: 6/13/2012
    The Law Offices of Dave Hawkins
    The Law Offices of Dave Hawkins | Dave Hawkins
    Yes there is. Check the court file on'line in the county in which you lived with him and see if there is a case under your name. In that way you can determine if anything happened without your knowledge or consent.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 6/13/2012
    Willick Law Group
    Willick Law Group | Marshal S. Willick
    If you know the County he was living in, call the Clerk of the Court for that County and ask if there is any case with your or his name on it.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 6/13/2012
    Law Office of Melvin Franke | Melvin Franke
    Check case net or Department of Vital Records.
    Answer Applies to: Missouri
    Replied: 6/13/2012
    Law Offices of Frances Headley | Frances Headley
    If he knows where you live and he was honest with the court he could not get a dissolution without notifying you. If he does not know where you live but you know where he lives then you can check the records in that county to see if an action was ever filed.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/13/2012
    Law Office of Timothy Jones | Timothy Jones
    If your husband still lives in Idaho, you should look at the Idaho Repository. It's located here: https://www.idcourts.us/repository/start.do . You can search for all court proceedings (everything from divorce to traffic tickets) that you and he have had. If he divorced you in an Idaho court, the information should be there. Under normal circumstances, he is required to contact you to divorce you, but if he wasn't able to find you, he may have announced the divorce in a newspaper.
    Answer Applies to: Idaho
    Replied: 6/13/2012
    R. Jason de Groot, P.A
    R. Jason de Groot, P.A | R. Jason de Groot
    Yes there is a way he could have gotten a divorce, even without you knowing about it. Perhaps you could search the county records to see if there was one. The best thing to do is call and ask.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 6/13/2012
    NYCDivorceCenter.com
    NYCDivorceCenter.com | Steve Brodsky
    It is possible that you were divorced without your knowledge. Check for your name on this website: http://iapps.courts.state.ny.us/webcivil/FCASSearch?param=P
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 6/13/2012
    DEAN T. JENNINGS, P.C.
    DEAN T. JENNINGS, P.C. | Dean T Jennings
    Yes, maybe he published, but you can check the County courthouse District Court records to see if you name is on a Dissolution there.
    Answer Applies to: Iowa
    Replied: 6/13/2012
    Lombardi Law LLC
    Lombardi Law LLC | SUZANNE LOMBARDI
    In Alaska if your husband wanted to divorce you and you were not present in the state he would have to show that he attempted to serve you and was unsuccessful. He would then have to post a newspaper ad in the area where you last lived giving you notice of the divorce. He would have to show the court the results of his attempts to reach you and swear to them. Other states may differ. You may want to try to look at the court where he has lived to see if there are any filings with your name on them.
    Answer Applies to: Alaska
    Replied: 6/13/2012
    Michael Apicella
    Michael Apicella | Apicella Law and Mediation
    You can call the state and county court where you or your husband have been residents to see if a divorce case was opened and resolved by default. You can also hire a private investigator to do the research for you.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/13/2012
    John E. Kirchner, Attorney at Law
    John E. Kirchner, Attorney at Law | John Kirchner
    Obviously the only way to start to answer your question is to ask your husband if he has ever done anything. But, assuming you can't or won't communicate with him, or you don't believe what he tells you, the only way to know for sure is to contact every court in the US that could have granted a divorce. It is legally possible for him to have obtained a divorce if he convinced a court that he didn't know where you were or that he was unable to notify you, but unless he tells you that he did so (and gives you enough information to verify that), you can't easily find out.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 6/13/2012
    Law Offices of Helene Ellenbogen, P.S.H | Helene Ellenbogen
    It is possible that if your husband did not have a good address for you, the court permitted him to serve by publication and then granted a default decree. Service by publication does mean a legal notice in a newspaper. However, he would first have had to try to serve you at your last known address. To be certain, you would be best off trying to contact him to ask, checking the court records in the county in which you last lived together or in which he lived after the separation. You can also check with the department of vital statistics in the state in which he lived after the separation as most states keep track of divorces.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 6/13/2012
    Burnett Evans Banks
    Burnett Evans Banks | Paul Evans
    If it was a Missouri dissolution of marriage, it should show up under your name when you look on Case.net, the Missouri Courts search website. It is possible he moved out of state and established jurisdiction elsewhere (usually at least 90 days). If so, he could file there and dissolve the marriage through publication. To do this, he would have to verify that he cannot learn your whereabouts through diligent efforts, and, (at least according to Missouri law), can only dissolve the marriage and divide certain property, but could not obtain a judgment for money or support from you without getting you personally served.
    Answer Applies to: Missouri
    Replied: 6/13/2012
    Law Office of Joan M. Canavan | Joan Canavan
    If you live in Massachusetts, your Husband could have gotten a divorce without your consent on the grounds that your marriage was irretrievably broken down. In the event that he does not know where you live, he could have asked the Court's permission to allow alternate service, i.e. publication in a newspaper. I would suggest that you contact the probate court in the county where you last lived together as Husband and Wife to see if he ever filed a Complaint for Divorce. You will have to give the Court your name and your Husband's name. They should be able to tell you if he filed a Complaint for Divorce.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 6/13/2012
    Law Office of Lynda H. LeBlanc | Lynda Leblanc
    This is possible, and I have seen it happen once. You will need to call the Clerk's office for any county that you believe he may have filed for divorce and give the clerk your name and birthdate and his name and birthdate. You can do this over the phone, but you may have more luck in person. The clerk should be able to pull up an cases filed in their county.
    Answer Applies to: Indiana
    Replied: 6/13/2012
    Palomino Law Firm, P.C.
    Palomino Law Firm, P.C. | Debra Palomino
    If your husband does not know your whereabouts it is possible he filed for divorce and published in the county of your last residence. I would suggest that you check the court's online docket.
    Answer Applies to: Arizona
    Replied: 6/13/2012
    Clos, Russell & Wirth, P.C. | Gary A. Russell
    If you know what county and state he lives in, you can check with the circuit court for that area to see if divorce proceedings were ever filed and a final judgment issued. You should also check the circuit court for the county where you reside to see if he filed there (if it is different from his county). He could have filed a complaint for divorce, attempted service upon you and obtained an order for alternate service permitting him to serve you by posting from the court. Then after satisfying the order for alternate service, he could have obtained a default judgment of divorce against you.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 6/13/2012
    Barbara Fontaine, Esquire | Barbara Fontaine
    Check with the court in your husband's district or districts from the time you moved.? If he could not find you, he might have gotten a divorce without your consent by placing a newspaper ad in a paper where you live.
    Answer Applies to: Rhode Island
    Replied: 6/13/2012
    Wolfstone, Panchot & Bloch, P.S., Inc.
    Wolfstone, Panchot & Bloch, P.S., Inc. | Mark Brown
    You should research in the court system of the state wherein her resided to determine if he has filed an action for dissolution of your marriage. For Washington state courts, here is the link to the court system: http://dw.courts.wa.gov/index.cfm?fa=home.namesearch&terms=accept&flashf orm=0
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 6/13/2012
    Poole & Poole, P.A. | Wesley R. Poole
    You can check with the States' Bureaus of Vital Statistics for every state your husband has lived in, to see if there is any record of a divorce.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 6/13/2012
    Kingloff & Travis | William K Travis
    If you believe that a divorce has been granted in Georgia you may contact Vital Records at http://www.health.state.ga.us/programs/vitalrecords/divorce.asp. If your husband lived in another state, you may contact either the clerk of court in his home county or perhaps Vital Records in that state for information. You may begin by contacting the clerk of Superior Court in your county or in any county where your husband may have lived to determine if they have a record of any divorce case.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 6/13/2012
    Law Office of Angela M. Riccio | Angela M. Riccio
    Every state maintains records of pending and closed divorce matters. If you have an idea of what state and county your husband may have obtained a divorce, your search would be fairly simple by contacting the clerk of the court for that county. Otherwise, there are companies that provide search services for a fee.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 6/13/2012
    Theodora Fader | Theodora Fader
    It is possible that your spouse (or former spouse) was able to publish notice of a divorce action. If your divorce was in Michigan, you can request a search for and copy of the record of divorce by mail, but the searches can be costly. If you know what county your spouse resided in, you can also check the court records in that county.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 6/13/2012
    Weinpel Law Office, P.C. | Marc Weinpel
    GO here and do a search for your case.
    Answer Applies to: Idaho
    Replied: 6/13/2012
    Law Office
    Law Office | Timothy J. Lopez
    You can start by going to the court in the county in which you and your husband resided at the time you separated. Check the records by each of your last names to see if there is a record of a dissolution action. Most counties in California have websites where you can make that inquiry on-line.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/13/2012
    Law Offices of Tobie B. Waxman
    Law Offices of Tobie B. Waxman | Tobie B. Waxman
    To get a divorce, one must file AND serve a Petition for Dissolution. If he does not know where you live and could not find out, then he can get a court order allowing him to serve by publication. After service by publication, if you did not respond, he could have requested entry of default judgment. To find out, you could do what is called a "docket" search. Go to the Superior Court's web-site. It will likely have a link for you to be able to search for cases filed your husband or people with his name.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/13/2012
    Law Office of L. Paul Zahn
    Law Office of L. Paul Zahn | Paul Zahn
    It is possible to serve someone by publication (service is required prior to a Judgment being entered) and many counties have their records on line.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/13/2012
    Chaudhary Law Office, PLLC
    Chaudhary Law Office, PLLC | Satveer S. Chaudhary
    Yes that is possible. Searching for court records online has become much easier. Start by searching the court system records of the state(s) where he lived. If you have trouble with online searching, a private service can be hired.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 6/13/2012
    Beaulier Law Office
    Beaulier Law Office | Maury Beaulier
    It is possible, but not likely. He may have stated that he could not locate you and sought to serve the documents by alternative service, which usually means publication in a paper. You can check the Court docket system (MNCIS in MINNESOTA) to see if any action appears under family law in your name or check with the court administrator's office in the county where your spouse resides.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 6/13/2012
    The Law Offices of Jill Puertas LLC | Jill Puertas
    A dissolution may be granted via notice in a publication, but he would have to make a due and diligent search prior to that being granted. This is the rule in Missouri. Other states may differ. The Courts could dissolve the marriage, but would not have jurisdiction to award maintenance or divide other assets without your consent.
    Answer Applies to: Missouri
    Replied: 6/13/2012
    Glenn E. Tanner
    Glenn E. Tanner | Glenn E. Tanner
    Check with the Washington Department of Vital Statistics. They may keep track of that.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 6/13/2012
    Beresford Booth PLLC
    Beresford Booth PLLC | S. Scott Burkhalter
    You would have had to been notified of the divorce by personal service. However, notification may have also been provided by a court order for service by publication or service by mail.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 6/13/2012
    Puget Sound Professional Legal Services | Jonathan Milstein
    You can go to the Washington State Court website (www.courts.wa.gov) and look up most proceedings in Washington State. This should give you a sense of the status of your divorce. In all likelihood, you are not divorced as notice to you of the proceeding would have been necessary and unless you have been avoiding service or in hiding, you would have received some notice.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 6/13/2012
    Law Offices of Maxwell Charles Livingston
    Law Offices of Maxwell Charles Livingston | Maxwell C Livingston
    Possibly. It only requires one person to file for dissolution, but he should have sent you notice. It's unlikely that you are, but you can check public records to verify.
    Answer Applies to: Wisconsin
    Replied: 6/13/2012
    Peyton and Associates | Barbara Peyton
    First, you should ask him. Second, if you couldn't be found, he might have had you served by publication in a newspaper. Third, you could try to research the court records in the county in which your husband was living when he possibly tried to get a divorce. After that I suggest you retain a private investigator or paralegal to try to track down the answer for you.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/13/2012
    Steven Alpers | Steven Alpers
    Possibly you would have to check at court where he lives.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/13/2012
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