If you have no clue of how to get intouch with your ex then I will contact his employer then contact his next of kin by certified mail if that fails you need to put an ad in the paper then that will show you have exhausted all means on getting in touch with him. but he does not need to be present for you to get a divorce.
Before you can put an add in the paper you must attempt to serve him via certified mail at his last known address, if that is unsuccessful and you have some idea of where he might be you should attempt personal service. If you cannot serve him via personal service, then you can place an ad in the paper at his last known address.
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As far as him refusing to sign; after delivery he’ll have 30 days to sign or give an answer to what he disagrees with. If he does neither, the hearing will go as scheduled. If he shows up the judge will hear his concerns, if he doesn’t, generally the court sees this as him not contesting the action and will grant it pretty much in your favor. My ex didn’t sign, didn’t show up for court, didn’t do anything involved in the divorce. I (on paper) got everyting I asked for. I paid for it all myself and am still waitning on the money he still owes me. It took about a month longer because he refused to even pick up the registered mail.
I am just planning on going to the courthouse and getting everything I need to do this divorce myself. The only problem I have is that I don’t know where the ex is living. I know the last address he lived at, which is his sister’s place. How can I go about getting the papers to him? I don’t know if she would help me out and hand them over to him. Can I just put an ad in the paper? How does that work? Also, if he does get the papers, what happens if he doesn’t sign?