How do I get a divorce if I don't know where the other party is? And there are children involved.
2 attorney answers
In South Carolina, you can file for divorce for fault (adultery, physical abuse, habitual drunkenness or substance abuse), or you can file for 12-months continuous separation. If you have no grounds for fault at this time, you will have to wait out the 12 months--unless something arises during these 12 months, such as adultery. Private investigators often charge only nominal fees to do a US-wide online search, and they have special software that shows every single address ever used.
you can hire a private investigator to find him. Or, you can ask the court for an order to publish the summons and complaint for divorce in the newspaper instead of having him personally receive it. There are ways to make it happen. But it takes longer and costs more in those cases. That's just the breaks in your situation because the court has to balance helping you with protecting the rights of the absent person (since the court cannot know if you are lying or not about knowing where to find him).
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