You need his agreement to do a dissolution. You however can do an uncontested divorce without his agreement and it is not much different than a disolution. The cost difference is also negligible. It is the fact that there are children that adds expense.
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The only way you can do an dissolution IF he shows up at court. In you case that seems fairly unlikely. So you must file a divorce. The court will set a date. I suggest that you speak to your local court. Some Courts will have a paralegal to assist you.
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NO. You cannot get a dissolution as he NEEDS to appear in court for a dissolution to be finalized. You would have to file for divorce, and have his served with the documents. You do face some challenges. If you cannot afford an attorney legal aid may help. They especially help in cases of violence. Otherwise you are on your own and that is never a good situation.
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