Husband can file for divorce, with or without counsel, but preferably with counsel.
Wife either responds or defaults.
Doesn't sound like an agreed divorce is likely, so Husband need to proceed as if it will be contested at all steps.
The husband can proceed with divorce through the courts. If she doesn't show, then it's an uncontested divorce and the husband goes home single. If she contests it, husband can theoretically do it himself.
As far as low-cost attorneys, contact attorneys directly to discuss rates. While pro-bono attorneys do exist, especially in Legal Aid and other similar organizations, you will have to qualify for their services. Be appreciative of the work that an attorney does for you.
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Just serve her by certified mail if the two of you are not residing together. If it comes back unclaimed, you'll be notified and can then serve her by regular mail. You have to file a request with the Clerk of Courts to do this.
Check with attorneys in the area. You may be able to find some willing to work with you on fees.
Best to you,
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