Dismissal without prejudice means the case can be refiled. You'd be best served by getting an attorney to handle this for you. But if you are determined to do it yourself, refile it and pursue it diligently this time. Good luck.
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It sounds as though you had some procedural issues that are more easily handled through an attorney. It is likely your case could also be reinstated if the facts support a reinstatement. I recommend you get direction from an attorney from here on out. Many firms, like mine, offer free consultations.
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It may not be too late to have the case reinstated.
To serve her, you should use a process server. Her signature would not be required, but the first step would be to get the case reinstated.
Unfortunately, you appear to be lost as to what you need to do as you have made multiple errors. I and most other family law attorneys would be happy to discuss assisting you in completing your divorce. The consultation is free.
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Because your case was dismissed without prejudice you can simply re-file the case. Upon filing the petition you will need to serve your wife. As another attorney mentioned, you should have a process server serve your wife if she refuses to sign otherwise. Many process servers will likely charge anywhere between $50-$150, and you may be able to request your wife to reimburse you for the costs if you are hiring the process server because she is being unreasonable. Also as another attorney mentioned, there may be a chance of getting your case reinstated.
I suggest you bring your documents from your initial filing and sit down with an attorney to discuss the matter in person whether you need guidance to do the divorce on your own or professional representation. We offer free initial consultations for family law matters and would be happy to meet with you.
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