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Uncontested divorce,spouse moved out of the country

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Me and my soon to be ex husband want to file for uncontested divorce, we have been separated for over a year,but the paperwork states that the defendant must be Served. My husband moved to Germany and not planning to be back to New York anytime soon. What are my options? Can i still file? Thank you

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You can file. If your husband will cooperate, provide him with the Affidavit of Defendant and have him get it notarized by the vice consul.

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You can file. Your husband can accept service in writing or you can have him served in Germany. Good luck.

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If he is willing to go to a U.S. Consulate and have documents notarized or if he can find another U.S. notary in Germany and will return the appropriate documents, yes, you can still file an uncontested case. However, if he refuses, you will have to properly serve him with a Summons and Complaint and seek a divorce on a contested basis. In that case you will almost certainly need the assistance of an attorney.

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As long as he is willing to cooperate its as simple as forwarding an affidavit for him to sign. The only requirement is that he have it notarized at an embassy or consulate as the court will not accept an acknowledgment from a foreign notary.

Please note that this general response to your inquiry does not establish an attorney-client relationship.You should consult with a competent attorney for advice regarding your particular situation.

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