When you wish to file for divorce from your spouse, one of the requirements under New York State law is that you personally deliver the summons for divorce to your spouse. This can become complicated when the spouses haven’t spoken in a while and may not even know where the other person lives. People have a tendency to physically separate themselves before they legally end their marriage. Those who choose to do this should know where their spouse is moving because if not, serving the spouse with divorce papers can become much more difficult.
If you find yourself in a situation of wanting to get divorced but not knowing where your spouse resides, there are a number of steps you can take to find them. First, you should contact people who you know would have the answer for you. This may include their friends, family, or employer.
If you have exhausted all options to find your spouse and still don’t know where they are, you will have to get permission from the court to serve your spouse in a different way. You may apply for an alternative method such as serving a summons without a notice. In order to do so, you should file an action with the County Clerk’s Office.
If you have questions regarding your options in the event that you can’t locate your spouse, you should contact an experienced divorce and family law attorney who can provide you with assistance.
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