Greetings. When someone cannot locate their spouse, and they have tried through certified mail and Sheriff to serve the spouse, then they can try to serve them by publication. It is usually much more costly than a simple absolute divorce, because you must pay for service by mail, Sheriff, and then posting in the newspaper for a set amount of time. Serving a divorce by publication is the method of last resort. Best of luck.
Janet L. Fritts
Attorney with Rosen Divorce
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 500
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
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