Unfortunately a party to a divorce or annulment can never be in "default", which means his failure to participate never puts him at a legal disadvantage.
Typically a court will let you proceed with your suit, but you have to take special steps. Some court will permit you proceed if each notice and document is served on the other party - not simply mailed, but served by a sheriff or a private process server. That way the court knows that the other party has real notice of the proceedings.
You can also call the law clerk for the judge who is assigned to the case. If there are any procedures to be followed, the law clerk can advise you of them.
The above is solely for informational purposes and does not create an attorney client relationship.