Indiana Divorce when you don't know where your spouse lives
Sometimes couples separate without divorcing, and several years later one wants to end the marriage legally. This guide will outline the steps to divorce your spouse when you don't know where he or she lives.
Preparing for the DivorceIn Indiana, we call a divorce a dissolution of marriage. To prepare, you should collect all of your debt information, asset information, retirement information, and any documentation that you have regarding real estate and personal property, including vehicles. If you have children, make sure that you have birth dates and social security numbers handy. Also have your spouse's last known address.
Filing the DivorceYour attorney will collect all of your information and file a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. The dissolution cannot become final for 60 days after you file it. In that period your attorney will attempt to serve your spouse with a summons and the petition at your spouse's last known address. If that is not successful, your attorney will effect service by publication in the local newspaper.
Finalizing the DivorceAfter 30 days have passed after notice of the petition has last been published in the newspaper, your attorney will file a Motion for Default Judgment and request that the Court dissolve the marriage and grant you all other relief that you requested, such as child custody and support. Assuming your spouse has not notified the Court otherwise, the Court will either grant the motion or hold a hearing and dissolve the marriage.