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Hi, I am slightly confused by the divorce by publication for a missing spouse. I did the first part and got some forms to fill

Fort Lauderdale, FL |
Filed under: Divorce

out along with a note to come back in on the 46th day of publication.
I thought I was supposed to receive the publication in the mail, but tomorrow is day 46 and I haven't gotten anything from the court.
Am I supposed to go to the court or do I wait to get the newspaper clippings in the mail?

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  1. You will need to supply the court with proof that you made publication, if possible work with a local attny it won't be that expensive and you will ensure that it is doen properly, take care.

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  2. There is a whole statute on service by publication in Florida. It is called "Constructive Service" and is delineated by Chapter 49, Florida Statutes. The statute will basically walk you through the process. I would read the complete statute, if you have not, and then see if you still have questions.

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