I filed my divorce, attempted service by certified, return receipt mail. The envelope was returned to me with “Moved. No forwarding address.” What do I need to do to perfect service? The Clerk of court would not tell me anything. I don’t know where he’s moved to. I spoke to his son a few weeks ago and he didn’t know where he was either. How do I proceed?
I guess this question is one I need to PAY an attorney to answer. Thank you.
You must do due diligence to find where your husband moved. This would include searching online, asking friends/family members, etc. If you still cannot reasonably ascertain where he is living, then you can serve by publication. This is a legal “ad” in the newspaper in the area of his last known address.
The notice must run three consecutive weeks in the newspaper and then you must wait 40 days after the last notice to allow the defendant time to answer. If he still does not, then you can proceed with scheduling the absolute divorce.
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