I was married in 1990, and the next day my husband walked out on me. I have not seen him since, and I would like to remarry. He was Russian and we never completed the paperwork for him. Please, I want to move on, but I am unable to...
I'm not quite sure what you mean when you say "we never completed the paperwork for" your husband. If this refers to the marriage paperwork, it's possible you're not really married to him, in which case, you have no problem. If, instead, you did complete the marriage, and you're referring to immigration paperwork or something else, then you will need to get a divorce.
In order for that to happen, you have to serve him with the divorce petition. If you don't know where your husband is, then this can be quite difficult. But the law allows you a way out of this: you can have him 'served' by publication. If you can prove that you made reasonable efforts to find him in other ways, then you can ask the court to allow service in this way: you take out an advertisement in a "newspaper of general circulation" in the area he last lived (the Oregonian is a usual choice), for four weeks, and at the end of that time, he's considered served, even if you never find him.
If he never appears, you can ask the court for a 'default judgment,' which finalizes your divorce without further cost. If he does appear, then you're still guaranteed to get the divorce, it's just a matter of arguing about the terms. If you two have no children together and have been living apart for 22 years, then the argument will likely be very short.
You are advised to have an attorney for all stages of a divorce, but the court does make a self-help service available for people representing themselves. You can contact me, or go to the Multnomah County courthouse at 1021 SW 4th Avenue in Portland during business hours for more information.
Nothing in this answer is intended to create an attorney-client relationship. Each case is unique. You are advised to have counsel at all stages of any legal proceeding.
I would add this. You say that your husband is Russian and "we never completed the paperwork for him." By that do you mean naturalization / immigration paperwork? If he married you in order to secure a favorable immigration status and then left you the day after the ceremony, perhaps, even with the passage of time, an annulment is an option. This would result in a judgment that a lawful marriage never existed. It would be as if you and this gentleman were never married. Based upon would have written, certainly as a practical matter, no marriage has really existed for you.
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