his name is matterson jean philippe he only wanted to marry me to become legal we married in 2007 2009 I wanted out immigration called an said he forged my name on document I never heard or seen from him again I want a divorce how can I if cant find him
You may file for a divorce in Spartanburg Family Court based upon a separation of more than 1 year. There are forms on the SC Courts website which will allow you to do this yourself, however, I urge you to get an attorney. There are many attorneys who charge a reasonable flat fee for an uncontested divorce. You will be required to sign an affidavit saying that you do not know his whereabouts and that you have made diligent efforts to locate him. You will have to outline what efforts you have made. This affidavit will accompany a petition to serve notice of the divorce by publication in a newspaper or periodical of general distribution in Spartanburg County. The Clerk of Family Court will issue an order that you must the send to the local newspaper along with a copy of the Summons in the matter. The notice has to run for three consecutive weeks after which the newspaper will provide you with an affidavit of service that you can file with the court. Your spouse will have 30 days from the last date of publication to file an answer to the court. If he does not file an answer, then your divorce will be granted and that will be the end of it. In SC, you are required to bring a witness to court for the divorce hearing who knows you and can testify of their own personal knowledge that you have lived separate and apart from your spouse for a full year.
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