Greetings again. No, you cannot/should not start with the service of publication first. You must make reasonable inquiries into the address of your spouse before you can do service by publication. Worse thing that could happen is to do the publication and then, possibly have to do it again if the judge wants you to try other ways first.
The court needs you to take the reasonable steps of locating him, to ensure his rights are not violated. If that means it takes a little longer to get the divorce, the court is willing to wait. Thanks
Janet L. Fritts
Attorney with Rosen Divorce
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 500
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
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