Yes, you may serve your spouse by publication. If you have reliable information about the city or county of your spouse’s whereabouts, it would be best to publish the notice in that city or county. If not, you can publish the notice in the county where the action for absolute divorce is filed.
The rules of serving a party by publication (and the specific wording for the notice of publication) can be found in the North Carolina General Statutes; Chapter 1A; Article 2, Rule 4(j1). You can access the NC General Statutes at ncga.state.nc.us/Statutes/Statutes.asp
Robin F. Verhoeven
Attorney at Law
Rosen Law Firm
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 200
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
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