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Divorcing a Missing Spouse in Florida

By Charles E. Willmott  May. 10, 2013 10:45a

As a Florida resident, you want to divorce your spouse. Perhaps you have been separated for quite some time and, at this point, you don’t even know where he or she lives. This can pose a problem in Florida because once you petition the court for a divorce, your spouse must be served the paperwork, according to Florida law. What do you do? First of all, you must make a diligent search for your spouse to locate his or her current residence. This can be done through asking friends, family, your spouse’s co-workers, or others who might know. You can also search through phone books, social networks, and the internet. If you come up empty, then you must submit to the court a sworn statement that you diligently searched but that your spouse’s location is unknown. You should include an outline of what you did to find your spouse and swear under penalty of perjury that the information in your statement is true.

After receiving your statement, the court will generally issue a notice allowing you to serve your spouse the divorce paperwork through publication. This means that you will have the divorce information published in the legal notices of a local newspaper in compliance with the requirements that the court gives you. These requirements may include how long and where the information should be published. The information will generally announce your pending divorce and the court where it is being processed. Once the divorce information has been published, you must inform the court within 28 days in writing of what you have done, including the information contained in the newspaper, and include a copy of the publication. Once the court is satisfied of your actions, it can grant you a default divorce judgment.

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